Bend It like Beckham
Bend It like Beckham (2003)

An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister, Pinky, who is preparing for a lavish Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapati, Jess… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.

Jumana Farouky
TIME Magazine

The acting is as nimble as the footwork.

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Time Out

Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Every generation has to discover the same clichés that were drummed into previous generations, and kids could do worse than to learn them from this film.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Is satisfying and all the while entertaining to watch from start to finish...

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Derek Elley

More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As Spencer Tracy once said of Katharine Hepburn, there's not much meat there, but what's there is choice.


A comedy with heart and substance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Willis
A funny and uplifting tale about self discovery and acceptance. An enjoyable watch for the whole family, can be enjoyed by football fans and haters alike.
Bethany Murphy
Amazing! One of my all time favourite films!
Film Crazy
A thoroughly enjoyable movie thats worth a watch! Nice to see us Brits have still got it!
Candy Rose
An Indian teenager Jess wants to play football like her hero Beckham. She plays for a local women's team in secret from her traditional family. A young… More
Lewis C.
Bend It Like Beckham is a fun movie about a British Indian girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) who loves the game of soccer more than anything, but is encouraged… More
Dead Angel
Watched this long time ago and liked it. It was good.