The Game of Their Lives


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Despite strong performances by Gerard Butler and Wes Bentley as the leaders of the two factions and crisply directed soccer action, the movie lacks a powerful central presence to carry the drama.
  2. 50
    The final match stirs briefly, but when it's over, the movie's energy crashes right back down again. Disappointing.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  4. The Game of Their Lives has a great sports story to tell, yet the filmmakers fumble it away.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Picturesque pic, however, lacks even a penalty kick's worth of tension and is paradoxically inert for a movie about guys running up and down the pitch for the glory of the U.S.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. RichardJ
    Sep 15, 2005
    Good intentions that missed the mark on many levels. I wanted to like it and drove for over an hour to see it.