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  • Summary: Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of theirSet in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football - an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of what in his mind were still Don’s boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough’s belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    It's a classic and even charming yarn of vanity, hubris and redemption, played out against the bizarre, intense alternate universe of '70s English soccer.
  2. A pitch-perfect portrait of a man full of inspiration and ambition - and full of himself.
  3. 91
    It’s a fascinating story about ambition and vanity and pride, and in Sheen’s performance and the atmosphere capture by Hooper it contains truly fine and rare things.
  4. Ultimately it's Sheen, finding new facets of his character in every scene, who shoots and scores.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
  6. Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
  7. Like a skill player who just can't score, The Damned United is all dazzle and no finish and, ultimately, damned frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. ChrisJ.
    Dec 29, 2009
    10
    Just simply personal favorite movie of the year.
  2. AndresB.
    Nov 16, 2009
    10
    Wonderful. Sheen gave a terrific performance.
  3. Teri
    Nov 21, 2009
    9
    Excellent film, great acting.
  4. Qwerty
    Oct 12, 2009
    9
    Michael Sheen is superb, and Colm Meany and the rest of the cast are great as well. And, you need know nothing about soccer (or, as the Brits Michael Sheen is superb, and Colm Meany and the rest of the cast are great as well. And, you need know nothing about soccer (or, as the Brits call it, football) to enjoy and appreciate the film. Expand
  5. eggyg.
    Jan 18, 2010
    9
    Capture all the football drama & moments without any of sport movie cliche..incredible. Another superb Michael sheen's movie.
  6. Oct 6, 2010
    9
    Not only the best football film ever, but also one of the best films of 2009. Admittedly, football fans will get a lot more out of it thanNot only the best football film ever, but also one of the best films of 2009. Admittedly, football fans will get a lot more out of it than non-believers, but anyone can appreciate the very well done script (though sometimes a bit off) and excellent performances. Not a big, blockbuster drama about blue men, but at least this has something to keep your attention. With a certain film also out this year that was a case of style over substance, The Damned United delivers a solid, realistic and genuinely great film. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2010
    5
    I watched and thoroughly enjoyed this film - some excellent performances, great sets and a fine script - but it left a sour taste in my mouthI watched and thoroughly enjoyed this film - some excellent performances, great sets and a fine script - but it left a sour taste in my mouth afterwards when I found out just how much of this had just been fabricated. I mean, I understand about artistic license and all that, but altering the actual football results just to tell a better story? That's madness! There are so many irrefutable factual inaccuracies here it beggars belief. Treat it as a work of fiction and it won't disappoint. Just don't expect to learn anything. Collapse

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