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  • Summary: From the creators of Rudy and Hoosiers, based on a true story, The Game of Their Lives follows the US National Soccer Team, which shows that with passion and commitment, anything is possible – even the greatest upset in the history of the World Cup. (IFC Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 75
    What the cast members lack in sharpened skill they more than make up for in raw gusto and athletic scrappiness (most of the actors have logged a lot of soccer in their pasts). These guys give a sport that is virtually nameless in the movies a good name in this one.
  2. Unlike some other soccer movies, there's no fancy editing -- excitement is generated strictly by the actual choreography and the commentary of an English announcer.
  3. Coaching from the same playbook with which they made "Rudy" and "Hoosiers," director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo create a reverent fable.
  4. 50
    The final match stirs briefly, but when it's over, the movie's energy crashes right back down again. Disappointing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    But Game really isn't a performer's movie. And the climactic contest (in which the Americans amazingly eked out a 1-0 win against England, considered by many to be the world's finest team at the time) is only serviceably staged.
  6. 50
    By the time of the fabled match -- which you could swear lasts a full 90 minutes -- it's all you can do to keep your skin from crawling off your body and slinking to the safety of another room. Do yourself a favor: Follow it.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    30
    It is flat-footed, uninspired and disjointed from start to finish, a glaring disservice to the men who played the game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6