Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    80
    A great film because of it's realism and the ability to show viewers a world that exists even today, but not everyone knows about.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    Director and co-writer Lexi Alexander choreographs the fight scenes with thrilling chaos, and the plot unfolds expertly if melodramatically.
  4. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    Terrific.
  5. 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."
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
  7. 70
    Playing something of a cipher who reinvents himself as the occasion demands, Wood is unusually well cast, but it's Hunnam, with a psychotic twinkle in his eye, who turns the movie on whenever he's onscreen.
  8. 67
    At its best when it goes down to the pub and captures, quite flawlessly, the grotty intoxication of these mad, bad, dangerous-to-know Hammers fans hoisting incalculable pints.
  9. 67
    It's a handsome and spry movie, and it might even have managed to be a good one if there were even the least chance of believing that Wood, who can't weigh 145 pounds dripping wet, had the slightest chance of hurting anyone with one of his wee fists.
  10. Wood is compelling, but Charlie Hunnam ("Nicholas Nickleby") is the one to watch.
  11. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    50
    Viewers hoping to understand the senseless phenomenon of football hooliganism would do better to rent Alan Clarke's nearly 20-year-old "The Firm."
  12. 50
    It loses its superficial charm during a labored third act that gets bogged down in tired, groan-inducing subplots.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    50
    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.
  14. Green Street Hooligans, an accidental advertisement for Alcoholics Anonymous and the somnolent pleasures of cricket that, in the end, is mostly about the pleasures, both visceral and visual, of violence.
  15. 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.
  16. 50
    The gentle Wood isn't very convincing as a bare-knuckle brawler (which bodes ill for his forthcoming role as Iggy Pop), and the movie settles into a payback soap opera reminiscent of "West Side Story."
  17. The world of football riots seems rife with potential for the big screen, but Green Street Hooligans only periodically rises to it.
  18. It becomes simply another banal gang film so familiar and predictable you have to wonder why so much potential is wasted on such a confused dramatic mess.
  19. 40
    A surprisingly rose-tinted look at a subculture that really should have been stamped out some time ago.
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    38
    This is "Fight Club" without the irony or the metaphysical gaming.
  21. Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed "Deliverance."
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. ChrisL.
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    This is one of my favorite movies. Really does a good job of showing English Footballing culture, and has a really good storyline. The one This is one of my favorite movies. Really does a good job of showing English Footballing culture, and has a really good storyline. The one thing I dislike is the American girl whose played by an English girl. They could have found someone way better. Full Review »
  2. Economistbr
    Aug 5, 2007
    0
    The is only fun if for those that have fantasies about gang violence or for those that enjoy gang culture. The movie has a weak plot, and The is only fun if for those that have fantasies about gang violence or for those that enjoy gang culture. The movie has a weak plot, and passes the idea that getting punched on the face is fun and turns you into a better man. Also the movies sells the idea that a bunch of spoiled teenagers are big time gangsters and that is laughable. Full Review »
  3. TommyD.
    Feb 20, 2006
    2
    'Green Street Hooligans' comes complete with a boring, recycled plot, on which hangs a thinly examined world of soccer "Firms", and 'Green Street Hooligans' comes complete with a boring, recycled plot, on which hangs a thinly examined world of soccer "Firms", and is then filled copiously with stupid coincidence, barely concealed plot turns and resolutions that, on one hand make so little sense as to leave the viewer in disbelief that any human being could wander about this oblivious to logic and realism, and on the other hand remind the aforementioned viewer that he has seen this exact mind-numbingly impossible plot device literally hundreds of times before. The only joy that escapes from this film (seemingly accidental, although at moments one wonders) comes from some priceless voice over acting on the part of Elijah Wood, the sight of said Mr. Wood flinging his hobbity frame into battle over a bit of round ball as you reminisce about classics like 'North' and 'The Good Son', and a few choice renditions of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles' that are guaranteed to cramp the stomach with fits of laughter. Full Review »