In the Hands of the Gods
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In the Hands of the Gods
If the rabid cult following generated by World Cup soccer has blossomed throughout the United States in recent decades - affording players luxuries and recognition long-imagined untenable for "footballers" - the team members of the mid-lower level leagues, by contrast, haven't yet gleaned like privileges, and must typically scrounge around for fame, recognition, and suitable monetary recompense to continue pursuing their love of the game. Such is the plight afflicting the five young men at the heart of Gabe Turner and Benjamin Turner's documentary In the Hands of the Gods.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's teary-eyed conclusion is clearly intended to have you punching the air in elation, but the message it delivers will actually leave you feeling quite cold."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"This trip rapidly becomes more about how they interact rather than their gravity defying ball."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"A thoroughly entertaining if necessarily condensed road trip that you don't have to be a football - or Maradona - fan to enjoy."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"An absolute pleasure from beginning to end."
‑ Ed Andrews, Little White Lies
"Engaging narrative documentary follows five football freestylers busking their way from Britain to Argentina"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Entertaining, likeable and surprisingly moving documentary with engaging characters and some astute observations about obsession, friendship and the pursuit of fame."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Part road movie, part character study, here's a movie made for peanuts that outshines 75 per cent of what Hollywood churns out."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Entertaining and affecting, this takes its subjects out of their comfort zone and onto a journey of self-discovery. Stirring soccer skills are matched by absorbing action off the ball."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"That passion does become apparent in the movie's surprisingly touching climax. How much input the production team had in the outcome is hard to say, but when the tears start rolling down Woody's cheeks, it's obvious that this was the Freestylers' jo"
‑ Rich Phippen, Sky Movies
"Certainly the story's climax in Buenos Aires is unexpected, yet many scenes resemble staged reality TV moments: group hugs, tears, mumbled monologues about overcoming obstacles."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"If ever there was a film that celebrated the joy of existence, the heady thrill of scaling a seemingly insurmountable challenge, it's this shambling documentary."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Lest we think that all youths in sportswear are out to mug us, energetic documentary In the Hands of the Gods shows there are at least five British boys in hoodies who've got something positive to do."
‑ Laura Bushell,
"More than a film about kicky-uppies, this is a blinding doc full of flair and showmanship."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
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