Kicking It
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The film follows seven players in their own tough worlds as they confront the daily challenges of life on the streets, battle drug and alcohol addiction, and fight for the right to be recognized as human beings. We witness their struggles, hopes, and determination. The teams are greeted by the South African President, as they make their spirited entrance in to two newly built street soccer "pitches", located at the precise spot where Nelson Mandela was released from prison-with the glorious Table Mountain as the backdrop. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu joins the players, declaring… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A well-meaning look at the Homeless World Cup, Kicking It presents its topic without much sentimentality, though it could benefit from a more pared-down approach."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"What we actually have here are a host of human stories about the homeless, put through the prism of soccer, as a path for the expression of one's humanity-one's worth."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"A tearjerker certain to elicit concern and compassion from anyone watching for the billion on the planet's homeless."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"You hope that this thoughtful portrayal of [these] players' admirable representation of their countries will win them more respect back home."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"More inspirational than any sports movie, because the impact of a simple game on the confidence and self-worth of these battered men is all real."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Plain-spoken and smoothly paced."
‑ Eric Kohn, New York Press
"As in the recent Planet B-Boy, the impoverished conditions of the film's subjects matter significantly less than the rush of competition, but at least Planet B-Boy was a thrill to watch."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"So earnest it hurts, Kicking It follows a half-dozen homeless men from around the globe as they ready for the fourth annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"It's hard to imagine how Koch could have made her film any more heavy-handed: perhaps by adding U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" to the soundtrack or having the narration delivered by Colin Farrell-both of which, inevitably enough, the director does."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"This earnestly watchable soccer documentary has enough drama and enough action for several films. Any one of its subjects could have served as the sole focus of the movie as well."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"That this documentary feeds some stereotypes and gives only cursory understanding but much hand-wringing is a shame."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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