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This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a 30-year-old in an open tryout. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team (excluding kickers) who never played college ball.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"I wonder how many more of these inspirational sports films we have to sit through in 2006."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"ricson (who doubles as cinematographer) has a good feel for urban grit and blue-collar dreams, and he gets good, unpretentious performances-especially from Wahlberg, who provides the movie's solid, dependable center."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichés but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Mark Whalberg is surprisingly good, delivering a likeness to the real Vince Papale that is uncanny."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"Screenwriter Brad Gann shares the guilt for this predictable cinematic travesty along with composer Mark Isham whose bombastic musical score is akin to hammering a nail with a shotgun blast."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The script by newcomer Brad Gann hits all the right notes."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It may seem that Invincible takes too long to get to the football. But by the time it does get down to it, we've invested enough in Wahlberg and Kinnear to give a damn about the outcome of the all-important Big Game."
‑ Gary Dowell, Baltimore City Paper
"Invincible is the story of Vince Papale, who was an actual figure -- a part-time bartender who went to a tryout, survived training camp, made the Eagles team, and became a Philadelphia legend."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"Though familiar and cliched, Invincible succeeds in spite of itself because it is so technically well done and full of heart."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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