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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance in a movie that otherwise goes for the jugular. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For all its energy, fine performances and dramatic confrontations, Friday Night Lights substitutes intensity for insight, dodging the book's harsher findings like a dazzling broken-field runner. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller. show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    Rousing, action-packed. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights. Berg and cinematographer Tobias Schliessler get up close to the action, catching the hits and miscues in all their violent urgency. show more

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    It also bears something you rarely experience in a football movie. Friday Night Lights has a soul. show more

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