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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Takes a long time getting started and doesn't hit its stride until Danny starts coaching a team of fellow cons -- think "Bad News Bears," just nastier. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Against heavy odds, Mean Machine adds darker flavors to the plot without curdling it. Beneath the comic craziness is real craziness, and desperation. These goal-kicking, bone-crunching cons are both actors in and prisoners of their own horror show. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    In Mean Machine, soccer is pretty much an excuse to watch a bunch of grown men smashing their heads together. Which, come to think of it, may be enough. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Guy Ritchie, who started out as such an innovator in "Lock, Stock, etc.," seems to have headed directly for reliable generic conventions as a producer. But they are reliable, and have become conventions for a reason: They work. Mean Machine is what it is, and very nicely, too. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Sports movies are never easy to pull off, but Skolnick does a fine job of balancing the drama with the on-field action. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Disappointingly straightforward remake. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Accomplishes a near miracle -- this British import makes you yearn for Burt Reynolds, who appeared in a vastly more entertaining version of the same story. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    More machine than mean, although it's anything but a smoothly running operation. show more

  • 38
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Barely a chuckle in sight. show more

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