Any Given Sunday

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 16, 2014
    60
    After establishing the AFFA’s complex, corrupt social structure, Stone and Logan wimp out considerably in the second half of Any Given Sunday, piling on the sports-melodrama clichés.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    Stone creates such a sizzling, raunchy, vital world that the cliches almost seem new.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    58
    Though intermittently entertaining, it's too long and rarely insightful in new or meaningful ways.
  4. 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.
  5. This energetic and diverting sports soap opera throws a few head fakes in the direction of an iconoclastic examination of the dark side of professional football.
  6. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    Ends up less than the sum of its many, often interesting parts.
  7. As always with Stone, the film has some gritty performances and a certain likable audacity.
  8. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    45
    Crammed with interesting ideas, visuals, and people, but Stone buries it all in a s--tstorm of technique.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 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". Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2015
    8
    At the time, this movie was way out there. A combination of rap music, cut throat business decisions, the player's personal problems, theAt the time, this movie was way out there. A combination of rap music, cut throat business decisions, the player's personal problems, the coach's relationship to the owner, all wrapped up in a pro football team. The usual sports "behind the scenes" type movie but with comic twists to keep it from getting to tedious. The biggest claim to fame would be the camera being right on top of the players, rather than being way back showing the whole formation. The Arena Football League did this to try and capture the close up excitement. Life imitates art. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »