Invincible (2006)

This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a 30-year-old in an open tryout. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team (excluding kickers) who never played college ball.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichés but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

Mark Whalberg is surprisingly good, delivering a likeness to the real Vince Papale that is uncanny.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself.

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Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper

It may seem that Invincible takes too long to get to the football. But by the time it does get down to it, we've invested enough in Wahlberg and Kinnear to give a damn about the outcome of the all-important Big Game.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Invincible is visually eye-popping with its landscape off the field and action on the gridiron. Even though marred by a less-than-captivating-plot and somewhat… More
Dean McKenna
Another biographic on American football since <i>Gridiron Gang</i>, but this is really magnificent true story of a dedicated fan who puts everything… More
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Melissa Demyan, Steve Staiger,… More
Jim Careter
An inspiring film, but drags on for a long time
Alex roy
Invincible is yet another feel good inspiring true story about an underdog who succeeds at doing something big. The story is about Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince… More
KJ Proulx
Invincible is definitely not anything special, and everyone will forget about it in about 10 years from now. There are so many true stories out there that have… More