The Game of Their Lives
The Game of Their Lives (2005)

In 1950, most Americans had only a passing familiarity with the game of soccer, even though it was the world's most popular sport, and few athletes in the United States played the game with any particular degree of expertise. However,… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 12, 2006
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26%
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56%


Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An enthusiastic but ultimately uninspired soccer film.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Director David Anspaugh has a skilled touch, but there's just not that much drama to film. This is a very competent, very predictable sports film.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

These guys give a sport that is virtually nameless in the movies a good name in this one.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Great game, bad storytelling. Soccer buffs only.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

...disappointingly mediocre...

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

It's difficult to muster dislike for The Game of Their Lives, which is reasonably interesting, but it needed more grit and inspiration than this straightforward account can provide.

Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

the narrative and dialogue club us over the head in an effort to make 21st-century viewers understand why the victory of America's team over England was of such monumental importance.

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Robert Koehler
Variety

...lacks even a penalty kick's worth of tension and is paradoxically inert for a movie about guys running up and down the pitch for the glory of the U.S.

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David Germain
Denver Post

...this soccer tale is about as exciting to watch as a scoreless match between opponents so defense-minded the ball never gets beyond midfield.

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Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today

A treat for soccer fans who have yet to see their favorite game given its due on the big screen. This won't be a classic soccer movie, but it's a start.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
My problem with this movie is that the main actors are around 15 or 20 years older than the characters they are supposed to be playing. So they look like… More
Kevin M
Nice flick, although I expected better soccer aptitudes from these 'athletic' actors. Stewart's imitation of an American accent was flawed in… More