Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
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Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
One young man's dream takes him on a remarkable journey in this sports-themed drama. Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) was born in Mexico, and came to California with his family when he was just a boy. One of the few things Santiago brought with him was a love for soccer, and while he holds down two jobs -- working landscaping during the days with his father, Hernan (Tony Plana), and as a busboy at night -- he still dreams of playing the game professionally, and spends his precious spare time with an amateur team in Los Angeles. One day, Santiago is approached by Glen Foy (Stephen Dillane), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is constructed of sports movie clichés but built on an unshakable foundation of earnestness."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Director Danny Cannon ("I Still Know What You Did Last Summer") captures every bit of Kuno Becker's star quality although the committee-written script remains slack."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A predictable mishmash of sports underdog cliches with a domestic release timed to capitalize on anticipation for the World Cup. Accordingly, expect plenty of elbow room at the local multiplex."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Each obstacle is brought up and then dealt with in such a rushed and perfunctory manner that you wonder they even bothered to introduce them in the first place."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
"The combination of button-pushing uplift, sundry sweeping helicopter shots and a bombastic score that sounds like it came on a free transfer from a Tony Scott movie proves as resistibly synthetic as the CGI-enhanced heroics on the pitch."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...engaging and fun to watch, thanks mainly to Kuno Becker in the title role (he's such a nice kid, we can't help but root for him)."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The script is about as solid as a penalty kick with a deflated ball."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... loses points for its disjointed script and fumbled field photography."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Everything here is beyond predictable."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"In the end, I can't think of a movie that matters less than Just My Luck. It's just negligible."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The action on the field won't be enough to sate the most soccer-crazed viewers."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A soccer-themed soap-opera that misses the net as an insipid, if inspirational, underdog tale."
‑ Susan Granger, Modamag.com
"There isn't one three-dimensional character or convincing line of dialogue, and the plot is simple-minded to the point of imbecility."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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