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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Writer-director Gurinder Chadha juggles all the angles with flair and fairness. Like Nagra and Knightley, the movie is a sweetheart. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Routine, genial sports movie. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of this captivating film. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I'm still smiling as I recall Jess, the soccer star-to-be, standing behind her straitlaced mother in the kitchen and casually bouncing a head of lettuce on her knee. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Pure, undiluted joy. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha continues in the vein of her previous movies, "What's Cooking?" and "Bhaji on the Beach," exploring with humor and compassion how cultures adapt in foreign climes. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I saw more important films at Sundance 2003, but none more purely enjoyable than Bend It Like Beckham, which is just about perfect as a teenage coming-of-age comedy. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Terrifically charming and energetic film. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    A joyful celebration of spirit and endurance. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    As the movie breathlessly cuts back and forth from a boisterous wedding celebration to a high-stakes soccer match, even the grumpy cynics will have been won over. show more

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