Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights (2004)

A drama that chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An acute survey of the football-obsessed heartland that succeeds as both a stirring drama and a rousing sports movie.

David Ansen

Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Nuance typifies both Mr. Thornton's highly calibrated performance and the film's absence of unnecessary underlining.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

So much more than a football movie.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.

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Charles Taylor

Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

What Friday Night Lights offers is the perspective that, for the people and young players caught up in this whirlwind, football simultaneously means everything and ultimately nothing.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.

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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Friday Night Lights is the real deal, a grim, in-your-face expose of one West Texas school's fanatical sports program.

Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

Friday Night Lights is a feel-good movie, but it's not real. It's a hard-hitting Hallmark greeting card. It's no wonder it appealed to Larry King %u2014 it's safe, easy, conventional, and feigns incisiveness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Another film about football, this sports drama has been lauded by critics for its grotesque portrayal of on-field action, its raw emotion, and fighting spirit.… More
Jennifer Xu
I probably would have liked this film a ton better had the TV show not eclipsed it in grandeur many times over. Billy Bob, you are no Kyle Chandler.
Jim Careter
A movie is rare when they make a movie as good as Friday Night Lights, and a movie that is the best performance from Billy Bob Thorton ever. The plot is the… More
Daniel Perry
I had been told this was a great movie, and I can't say that I disagree. Formulaic, but perfectly so in its way. It gets a little emo in the end, but… More
Melvin White
Mike Winchell: This is for the state championship. I love all of ya'll, baby. I love all of ya'll.  "Hope Comes Alive on Friday Night" As… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Hope comes alive"</i> Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their… More