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  • Summary: A British film about a teenage girl named Jess (Nagra) living in London who must make a choice between following the traditions of her Indian family or pursuing her dream of becoming a soccer sensation. (Fox Searchlight)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. The most exhilarating movie so far this year. It's made up of many familiar elements -- think ''Monsoon Wedding'' meets ''My Beautiful Laundrette'' meets ''Personal Best'' -- yet before long, you catch on to how buoyant and funny and original it is.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The juxtaposition between the fast-paced plays on the soccer field and the color-drenched, music-infused wedding party is a highlight of this captivating film.
  3. There's a great sense of fun in the cultural collision between Indian and British lifestyles -- often within the same person.
  4. 70
    Like the rest of the film, Beckham's climax is surprisingly satisfying, however, in large part because director Gurinder Chadha films the competing big game and big fat Indian wedding of Nagra's sister with equivalently bursting levels of color, panache, and verve.
  5. 70
    The portrait of traditional Indian life Chadha provides manages to mine laughs from characters without resorting to making them laughable.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The movie isn't unwatchable. It's clumsily good-natured, the actors are appealing, and there are worse ways to spend two hours than looking at pretty young girls in shorts kicking balls. But the movie is way, way too pleased with itself.
  7. 20
    Only silent Becks himself rises unstained from this reheated ethno-niche stew.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 59
  2. Negative: 11 out of 59
  1. PatriciaC.
    Sep 10, 2007
    10
    What a brilliant film i love jonathan rhys meyers he is so hot and it just shows that women can play football hope there is going to be a What a brilliant film i love jonathan rhys meyers he is so hot and it just shows that women can play football hope there is going to be a second film. Expand
  2. B.F.
    Jun 15, 2006
    10
    i loved this movie it was great i want 2 get it on dvd.
  3. sarab.
    Dec 24, 2005
    10
    I also like joe the coach he is bloody sexy.
  4. KristinaD.
    Nov 24, 2006
    10
    An immensely enjoyable film with lots of energy and wonderfully acted!
  5. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2009
    9
    Great movie with plenty of humor. And I'm Indian, so I know how dead on the movie is about revealing Indian culture in the Western Great movie with plenty of humor. And I'm Indian, so I know how dead on the movie is about revealing Indian culture in the Western World. But my parents don't mind when I date white girls. Other than that, it's really accurate. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2013
    9
    Light-hearted comedy! As an Indian I can completely relate to this movie. Well directed and not-so-bad acting. Not the most innovative movieLight-hearted comedy! As an Indian I can completely relate to this movie. Well directed and not-so-bad acting. Not the most innovative movie but thoroughly enjoyable. Absolutely loved it! Expand
  7. VintonH.
    Dec 25, 2006
    8
    A movie that transcends cultural limitations and offers the hope that our common humanity will rescue us from parochialism.

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