The Game of Their Lives
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The Game of Their Lives
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, when an invitation was extended to the United States to participate in the World Cup tournament in Brazil -- the international soccer championship held every four years -- Bill Jeffrey was determined that America participate. In less than two weeks, Jeffrey assembled a team comprised mostly of players from St. Louis (where soccer had developed a small but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"These guys give a sport that is virtually nameless in the movies a good name in this one."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Great game, bad storytelling. Soccer buffs only."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A sentimental, creaky, underwritten, overloaded picture that fails as character study, period film, sports movie and heart-stirrer."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"...disappointingly mediocre..."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"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."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Enough enthusiasm, authenticity, and spirited soccer play to offset the missing ingredients."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
"Angelo Pizzo's screenplay is rife with the expected sports and gamesmanship cliches, and he and Anspaugh take forever just to get to the game action, which is the only really worthwhile material."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"...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."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"...this soccer tale is about as exciting to watch as a scoreless match between opponents so defense-minded the ball never gets beyond midfield."
‑ David Germain, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"The Game of Their Lives takes a standard inspirational sports movie structure."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"The Game of Their Lives has little to recommend unless you're jonesing for a generic period piece boasting lots of slow-motion sports montages set to swelling music."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
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