Next Goal Wins


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    As an antidote to Premier League cynicism, it couldn't be bettered.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Walsh
    May 21, 2014
    Tender, charming and made with substantial care, Next Goal Wins celebrates the cliché that it's not about winning, but the taking part.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    May 6, 2014
    No sports film is short on pep talks, bonding sessions and heartfelt analogies to family kinship, but the teammates’ easy acceptance of Saelua — and her robust performance on the pitch — give the proceedings an extra kick.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    May 5, 2014
    Charming and uplifting.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 15, 2014
    Next Goal Wins isn't the most slickly made documentary, and its chronology can be confusing at times. But, despite a bit of salty language, it's an inspiring, never-say-die chronicle for all ages.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 24, 2014
    The film lucks out by having an intrinsically compelling story, likeable underdog protagonists, and an exotic South Pacific location.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 24, 2014
    With its grasp of suspense and character, it hits the mark as a portrait of openhearted determination that's devoid of desperation.
  8. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Apr 24, 2014
    In some ways, this is just another underdogs-go-for-it sports movie. In others, it is as sensitive and observant as an Edith Wharton novel.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 22, 2014
    If you find other people worth your time and attention, Next Goal Wins will stir you.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 24, 2014
    Next Goal Wins could stand to go deeper into game strategy, or local customs and living conditions, or any number of personal stories, but the victories it does achieve are enormously satisfying.
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  1. Jul 17, 2015
    A truly brillant documentary. Even I ever the ardent socceroos man, cheering rapturously at the world cup qualification and the Asian CupA truly brillant documentary. Even I ever the ardent socceroos man, cheering rapturously at the world cup qualification and the Asian Cup victory felt a large twang of guilt watching the soul destroying highlights of the 31-0 belting. We always pride ourselves on our heroic, against the odds underdog status, but seeing Archie Thompson belt in the goals has gripped me with this illusion.
    A tenacious Dutch football coach, a shambles of an organisation as well as an assembly of some truly outstanding human beings-spiritual, dedicated and utterly passionate about the game are the ingredients used for Scorsese to weave his magic. The most compelling football documentary this critic has ever seen and a mesmerising examination of American Samoan culture.
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