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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Critic Reviews

  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.
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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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