100

Chicago Tribune

There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Thornton, giving a splendid, disciplined performance, seamlessly shapes his coach into a believable man of quality rather than star-size charisma.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance in a movie that otherwise goes for the jugular.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Compelling.
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75

Boston Globe

It also bears something you rarely experience in a football movie. Friday Night Lights has a soul.
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75

New York Daily News

Rousing, action-packed.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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70 out of 100
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