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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    It stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Ultimately it's Sheen, finding new facets of his character in every scene, who shoots and scores. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    A dramedy laying out the dueling coaching philosophies of guys who doubtless meant a great deal to fans, but of whom I'd been blissfully unaware for decades -- is enormously engaging. Enormously. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Avoids all sports movie cliches, even the obligatory ending where the team comes from behind. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Hooper, the director, doesn’t include lots of amazing football sequences to upstage his star. He just moves everyone out of Sheen’s way. It’s about time. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    As the two coaches head for a faceoff in a climactic live TV interview, writer Morgan starts to seem like a rip-off -- of himself. show more

  • November 01, 2009 Steve
    Report This User

    love this of the best of the year

  • October 23, 2009 Jonny, the King
    Report This User

    Fun movie about a great time in the history of the English game at the top level. Definitely worth seeing for any sports fan, especially soccer fans.

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