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  • Summary: How far would you go to live your dream? When Santiago Munez (Becker) is given the chance of a lifetime, he must leave his family, his life in Los Angeles and everything that he knows to travel halfway around the globe to England and into a completely foreign world -- the exciting, fast-paced and glamorous world of international soccer. Goal! takes audiences into the electrifying, heart-pounding action of the world's most popular sport and features cameos from soccer's hottest superstars. (Buena Vista Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    Goal! hits the back of the net and is an early candidate for the funnest movie of the summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    75
    Most sports films are also fish-out-of-water stories, and this one qualifies as both.
  3. 67
    There's enough realism to keep a soccer buff like me happy, but the film is aimed at the young at heart, and I think they'll love it.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The film is capably acted and somewhat inspiring.
  5. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    58
    The cast, all around, is sterling. There's only one thing they don't need to bring back for the sequels, and that's the movie's appetite for every sports cliché there ever was.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Gallo
    50
    The appealing young man's tribulations are predictable, his triumph inevitable; while he gets respect, we get another Rocky-style dose of emotional uplift, cloaked in the usual game-day clichés.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Handsomely shot and with a likable lead in Kuno Becker, it also suffers from a script so outrageously generic you could buy it at Costco.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jan 14, 2011
    8
    I'm a massive fan of football so I loved this movie. Not exactly funny but still a great movie for football (or soccer) fans.
  2. Jan 19, 2011
    7
    Nice movie... charming... is nice to see how a man go too far for his dream, and to be sincere, there's not many movies of football... so, it's even better to see this well known worlwide game from another point of view, better than watch documentals the whole time... the first movie i guess trying to put us in the mind of a football player beginnings and how long and hard is the path of glory... job well done. Intelligent and emotional. Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    4
    Half believable and half not. Genuinely the plot may happen to a point but I extremely doubt it would go so far. You can spot what will happen by picking up the box. It was just far too predictable that any of the tension was sucked out of the movie. The Cameo appearances are meant to be WOW moments but really they are not. I did not care. The film was pointless and really did not have any emotional depth to it. The actors playing footballers you can see are terrible football players and the plot is as thin as paper.
    I would really not waste my time and I will not watch the second film.. Why would I? I bet I know that plot as well.
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