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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
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Goal! hits the back of the net and is an early candidate for the funnest movie of the summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    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
    The film is capably acted and somewhat inspiring.
  5. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    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
    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
    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. YolyR.
    Jun 27, 2006
    I loved this movie, Kuno is a great actor I would see him in spanish Soaps and I loved him. I love soccer too its a fun sport to watch. I cant wait for Goal! 2 Expand
  2. davidvillanueva
    Aug 22, 2006
  3. Jan 14, 2011
    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.
  4. PaulK.
    May 11, 2006
    Kuno Becker scores big, but this movie was too long. Trimming 30 minutes off would solve a lot of the redundancy in the plot and get this moving.
  5. Jan 19, 2011
    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
  6. Myles#13
    Sep 26, 2006
    A decent soccer flick. Although it's overflowing with sports-movie cliches and acting is average in most scenes, Goal! seems quite authentic (save for Munez's practice kicks) and is genuinely fun to watch. Good to see another sports scene either than the typical American football or baseball fare. If you like soccer, you'll get a kick (bad pun I know) out of Goal!. Expand
  7. BenjaminThomasS.
    May 12, 2006
    Quite frankly one of the worst films ever. Every sports cliché ever? No thank you. Horrendous acting? No, I'm alright thanks. Becker's character is bland to the point of distraction. The only good thing about this film is that is gives us another reason to laugh at good old David Beckham: his hilariously monotonal cameo, accompanied by, you guessed it, that winning smile. And come on, Newcastle United? Let's grow up here, they're not exactly a top club, are they? But everyone's gotta start somewhere... The script? Well... Generic doesn't quite cover it. 2 Marks for Beckham alone though! Expand

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