Bend It Like Beckham Synopsis
An 18-year-old (Parminder Nagra) plays for a women's soccer team but conceals it from her parents.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The most exhilarating movie so far this year. It's made up of many familiar elements -- think ''Monsoon Wedding'' meets ''My Beautiful...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Pure, undiluted joy.
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88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Terrifically charming and energetic film.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer-director Gurinder Chadha juggles all the angles with flair and fairness. Like Nagra and Knightley, the movie is a sweetheart.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's most natural appeal is to adolescent athletes -- in particular, cleat-wearing young ladies who will bask in its hard-won...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha continues in the vein of her previous movies, "What's Cooking?" and "Bhaji on the Beach," exploring...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Routine, genial sports movie.
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Goal for this 1

By Selena Gomez Gal 12
this soccer sports movie is a great movie for kids who want to reach for their dreams...

Awesome

By InfamousLaosGurl
This Movie is so Awesome watch it ull love it if u love Keirea Knightly...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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