100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Avoids all sports movie cliches, even the obligatory ending where the team comes from behind.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's lost in translation is recovered easily enough in Michael Sheen's astonishing performance as Clough.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Ultimately it's Sheen, finding new facets of his character in every scene, who shoots and scores.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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