In the Hands of the Gods
In the Hands of the Gods (2007)

If the rabid cult following generated by World Cup soccer has blossomed throughout the United States in recent decades - affording players luxuries and recognition long-imagined untenable for "footballers" - the team members of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 14, 2007
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

The film's teary-eyed conclusion is clearly intended to have you punching the air in elation, but the message it delivers will actually leave you feeling quite cold.

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Andrew Pulver

This trip rapidly becomes more about how they interact rather than their gravity defying ball.

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Leigh Singer

A thoroughly entertaining if necessarily condensed road trip that you don't have to be a football - or Maradona - fan to enjoy.

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Matthew Turner

Entertaining, likeable and surprisingly moving documentary with engaging characters and some astute observations about obsession, friendship and the pursuit of fame.

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Daily Mirror (UK)

Part road movie, part character study, here's a movie made for peanuts that outshines 75 per cent of what Hollywood churns out.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Entertaining and affecting, this takes its subjects out of their comfort zone and onto a journey of self-discovery. Stirring soccer skills are matched by absorbing action off the ball.

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Certainly the story's climax in Buenos Aires is unexpected, yet many scenes resemble staged reality TV moments: group hugs, tears, mumbled monologues about overcoming obstacles.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

If ever there was a film that celebrated the joy of existence, the heady thrill of scaling a seemingly insurmountable challenge, it's this shambling documentary.

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Laura Bushell

Lest we think that all youths in sportswear are out to mug us, energetic documentary In the Hands of the Gods shows there are at least five British boys in hoodies who've got something positive to do.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Alexander Wilson
Cool docu-drama come teen entrepreneurs hitting the football bug across america to eventually meet their hero. Well done