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  • Summary: When American Matt Buckner (Wood) is expelled unfairly from Harvard, he flees to England and is draw into the underworld of British football hooliganism. Green Street Hooligans is a story of loyalty, trust, and the sometimes brutal consequences of living close to the edge. (Freestyle Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 88
    Then I realized the movie's point is that someone like this nerdy Harvard boy might be transformed in a fairly short time into a bloodthirsty gang fighter. The message is that violence is hard-wired into men, if only the connection is made.
  2. 75
    The movie, though, is nonsense. At its most credible, the story evokes fond memories of the adult drug narcs hiding among American high schoolers on ''21 Jump Street."
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Director and co-writer Lexi Alexander choreographs the fight scenes with thrilling chaos, and the plot unfolds expertly if melodramatically.
  4. Serves up a lot of bone-crushing violence in an offbeat context with considerable style and energy, but the steady diet of brutal street fighting makes it all but impossible to connect with this picture, despite whatever visceral appeal it may offer.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    Hunnam, whose cockney ranges from dodgy to downright Caine-ian, mutes Gary Oldman's bestial mouth-froth (in Clarke's 1988 The Firm), becoming the prettiest, most articulate, bloodthirsty thug ever to put lip to lager.
  6. Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed "Deliverance."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    Critic Desson Thomson of the Washington Post said "soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed Deliverance". Rather, I say Metacritic needs HIS review like Journalism needed Green Street Hooligans! Up your arse Desson you Journo. This is a masterpiece, the best soccer movie yet made. Still, its about so MUCH MORE than Football. It's about cultural differences, about brotherhood, about Publife, about being single and a 20 something, about fanaticism and exiting fanaticism and finding real life. Most importantly, its about the Lower class...about hope..beyond the day to day grind at work. Something to believe in, something to cheer for...even if what you are cheering for is low quality. It's about where you are from and the biggest ruck is always the next one. Cheers boys. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2012
    This movie is absolutely amazing. The acting is unreal, the fights are so realistic. The storyline is so realistic going from football firms to matchday brawlings. 10/10 for me. Spot on Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2011
    By first... I was kinda reluctant to watch this movie, don't ask, because I dunno why. Then I've watched it. Well, at first it looks like Elijah Wood (don't remember the character name right now) is just a really pathetic ''yankee'', who seems to be overprotected in his past... and of course, as you see, is a good person to fool. Then it comes the part of discrimination from england guys, this kinda ''football gangsters'', a ''really not much helping'' sister, her ''arrogant'' and ''over-reacting'' england husband, and a poor young baby of them. In this general flash of the very beginning, you can see a weird movie. Then becomes interesting, you can see how pathetic is nationalism and racism in every each and single way, and makes you understand what it really is: a way of control. england vs. northamerica, gangsters vs. other football gangs, friends betrayed... all people showing then a lot of violence. It good the message it leave: not to trust anyone and not to mess with that people. But... at least, the are back for each other and stand when there's a challege or a fight or whatever... what our ''yankee'' guy (don't misundertand me, I'm not being racist, hate that word, I'm only emphasazing this word becaouse of the movie itself) understands and learns is to protect himself and what real friendship mean (another could be... the best friend is not who shares his room with you, could be in the other side of the world)... good movie after... what I need to say, because I noted is the credits... Elijah Wood is the ''star, well-known I mean'' there... but he's the last char to appear in credits... so... you know, you can note there the ''english nationalism''... hehe, ironic world. Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2013
    While the acting is only mediocre and there's a lot that I could criticize about the screenplay, I want to focus on the good stuff: regarding its genre, I never expected that this movie would surprise me. There were 2 things in the plot, that really threw me a curve and this was very nice to see, since many movies don't manage to do so. It had a nice visual style and some soundtrack choices fitted the movie very good as well (there were also ones), although I've got to say that the cinematography was too shaky, which annoyed me in a couple of scenes. The fight scenes in the movie look good, yet it's not really exciting to watch because there are lots and lots of clich├ęs in this movie. But mostly, this movie is insanely illogical and stupid. After all, I did enjoy watching Green Street Hooligans, mostly because of the fact that the characters were elaborate and it brought a nice style with it. But if you want a good movie not just simple entertainment, stay away from this one it's really overrated. Expand

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