88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Sports movies are never easy to pull off, but Skolnick does a fine job of balancing the drama with the on-field action.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
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.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
More machine than mean, although it's anything but a smoothly running operation.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Disappointingly straightforward remake.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
After too many ''Full Monty''s, it has come to look like nothing so much as a coy ritual of emasculation.
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45 out of 100
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