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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]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. There's scarcely a scene in which the actors, action and sound track aren't cranked up to maximum intensity.
  2. 75
    If this rousing, technically dazzling movie doesn't get you going, then you probably didn't like football to being with.
  3. Features convincing, often soaring, performances by a savvy cast that must have gotten adrenaline shots administered by Stone himself.
  4. 63
    A testosterone- and cliché-fueled epic that will have some hoping for sudden death as it stumbles toward the three-hour mark.
  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. 45
    Crammed with interesting ideas, visuals, and people, but Stone buries it all in a s--tstorm of technique.
  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 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. LevS.
    Jul 16, 2008
    9
    Great movie. Just lags a bit towards the end. I'm from Australia so I know nothing about NFL. But that doesn't matter, the story is Great movie. Just lags a bit towards the end. I'm from Australia so I know nothing about NFL. But that doesn't matter, the story is remarkably poignant. Wonderful editing. Watch this movie. You may learn something. Expand
  2. 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, butAl 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
  3. 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 definitelyVery 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
  4. Dec 28, 2014
    4
    I watched the director's cut version of this film, and it was pretty solid most of the way through. For a while near the end it slows down aI watched the director's cut version of this film, and it was pretty solid most of the way through. For a while near the end it slows down a bit and doesn't seem to have any sort of focus, but then in the final segment it comes back together nicely enough. Expand
  5. KingF.
    Aug 4, 2006
    4
    The movie starts out with a bang, but falls apart toward the end due to too many plot threads, which leaves you with a lack of understanding The movie starts out with a bang, but falls apart toward the end due to too many plot threads, which leaves you with a lack of understanding of most, if not all, of the characters. It doesn't help that the football action plays more like Madden '06 than a real football game. And this is yet another Pacino performance that he just seems to be mailing in. That still means capability, but you expect more from Pacino than "capable". Expand
  6. jefff.
    Aug 25, 2005
    0
    The MTV style of editing made me sick. Even the football scenes were badly done.If not for the Blair Witch project this would be the worst The MTV style of editing made me sick. Even the football scenes were badly done.If not for the Blair Witch project this would be the worst movie of 99. Expand

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