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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. 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 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, 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 definitely worth watching. Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. 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 movie of 99. Expand

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