Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    A slickly mounted slice of can-do nonsense.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Winda Benedetti
    50
    Goal seems destined to be an ongoing soccer-themed soap opera, but it's one that only the game's biggest enthusiasts likely will find compelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Somerville
    50
    If you can abide booming orchestral punches during verbal confrontations and ubiquitous Adidas product placement, you'll be rewarded by exciting soccer sequences and the joy of watching a likable character triumph on a global stage.
  6. Despite employing every cliché in the sports-movie handbook, Goal! The Dream Begins tells a reasonably engaging story.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    40
    As the clichés mount, Danny Cannon directs as if he's the one on trial, teasing tension out of every pass and dribble. Most irritating of all is his determination to paint British soccer as a gentleman's game, a notion United's real fans would no doubt treat with the scorn it deserves.
  8. The trouble with Goal!, which -- horror of horrors -- is the first of a trilogy, is that it's neither a persuasive story nor a satisfying display of soccer.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  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. YolyR.
    Jun 27, 2006
    10
    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 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 Full Review »
  3. May 27, 2015
    7
    Not one of the best movies you've seen, but this film manages to keep you elgat monitor. A beautiful storyNot one of the best movies you've seen, but this film manages to keep you elgat monitor. A beautiful story . Full Review »