Any Given Sunday
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Although professional football provides the action-packed backdrop of Any Given Sunday, the film takes a simultaneously epic and intimate look at the men and women who comprise the milieu of the film, from the modern-day gladiators of the gridiron, their coaches and often beleaguered families, to the moneyed team owners and business concerns who attempt to control the game as big business, to the hungry sports media, and hangers-on trying to get a taste of the glamour.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Almost three hours of this jitter deteriorates from bravura filmmaking to annoying mannerism, and Any Given Sunday ends up less than the sum of its many, often interesting parts."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"There's no shortage of color and vigor in this pumped-up movie."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A richly composed and well acted ensemble piece..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"'s hard to tell if Stone was making a serious sports movie here or a parody of a sports movie."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"With few surprises and little to say in this film, it is unclear why Oliver Stone was interested in making it in the first place."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"A meathead burlesque."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"We're reminded that very little movie material is original until actors transform it from cliches into particulars."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Stone's blend of mayhem and sensuality-which doesn't shy away from the eroticism of athletes-is a refreshing alternative to the solemnity of most sports dramas."
‑ Sam Adams, The Dissolve
"Hit and miss, certainly, but intense stuff."
‑ , Film4
"Stone's hilariously broad and belabored critique of American sports culture ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Choc-a-bloc with manly blather about sacrifice and honour and rugged individuals pulling together for the greater glory of the team."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A frequently entertaining, rah-rah look at pro football."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Stone isn't interested in merely bashing modern football: Any Given Sunday looks at the best and worst of the sport. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"You'd have to be a very undiscriminating football die-hard to get anything out of it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"This isn't the best film by Oliver Stone, but it is a first-rate job nonetheless."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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