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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,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) Collapse
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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: Kyle Smith
    75
    Has an awful title, a bland hero and a predictable story - but it also has a nice blast of English atmosphere.
  3. 67
    How much viewers care about what happens in Goal! is directly proportionate to how much they care about soccer, because decent execution aside, there's an underdog fantasy movie just like this one for every sport.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    63
    A big success in Europe, the film has already spawned two sequels, the first of which is due to be released in the fall.
  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: 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.
  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: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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 Expand
  2. davidvillanueva
    Aug 22, 2006
    9
    good
  3. Feb 1, 2015
    9
    The best football (soccer) movie ever made. Although the story is pretty cliche but the visuals are actually quite good. I guess it's onlyThe best football (soccer) movie ever made. Although the story is pretty cliche but the visuals are actually quite good. I guess it's only really enjoyable for football fans. Expand
  4. Myles#13
    Sep 26, 2006
    7
    A decent soccer flick. Although it's overflowing with sports-movie cliches and acting is average in most scenes, Goal! seems quite 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
  5. 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 . Expand
  6. 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,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
  7. BenjaminThomasS.
    May 12, 2006
    2
    Quite frankly one of the worst films ever. Every sports cliché ever? No thank you. Horrendous acting? No, I'm alright thanks. 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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