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
  1. For much of the movie, the kinetic furor of the game sequences helps camouflage the weaknesses of a screenplay that is a mechanically contrived series of power struggles.
  2. A football epic on performance enhancers that may be more flagrantly flawed, more shockingly predictable and just plain cornier than its rickety predecessors.
  3. 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.
  4. It's about as deep as electronic white noise.
  5. 30
    Like a visual concussion.
  6. 30
    By the time the manic camera slows down to reveal the back stories of the characters, everyone's motives are either moot or redundant.
  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.
  8. 30
    Oliver Stone must learn that edgy photography does not substitute for a story with substance.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  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. Dec 16, 2014
    6
    I watched the director's cut version of this film, and it was pretty solid. For a while near the end it slows down a bit and doesn't seem toI watched the director's cut version of this film, and it was pretty solid. 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 really nicely. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »