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  • Summary: Professional football provides the action-packed backdrop of Oliver Stone's look at contemporary society through the dynamic prism of professional sports. (Warner Brothers)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 8 out of 32
  1. There's scarcely a scene in which the actors, action and sound track aren't cranked up to maximum intensity.
  2. The film's cumulative effect is as exhausting as it is exciting.
  3. A turbocharged and pungently enjoyable take on the sport so many observers see - Stone, of course, included - as a reflection of the darker side of American life.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Far too long, but its rambunctiousness is engaging, propelled by Stone's virtuosic quick-cutting.
  5. Stone is an undeniably stylish director, and his talent for conveying intense emotion is well put to use here. But more often Stone's in-your-face technique is as exhausting as his steroid-enhanced players.
  6. 30
    Just watching the trailer for Oliver Stone's new football epic a few weeks back left me with a grating headache; watching the whole sweaty film practically put me in the ICU.
  7. A football film made by a man who apparently has seen little of the game outside of movies, and not very good ones at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jun 8, 2011
    7
    Al Pacino is the highlight, but it rises about the majority of American Football movies. Some of the Oliver Stone overwork is present, but overall a very enjoyable movie. Stay around for the credits. Expand
  2. May 1, 2013
    7
    Very good sports movie! I like the struggle between new and old players. Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx did an amazing job. This movie is definitely worth watching. Expand

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