Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

While professional soccer is still struggling to find a firm foothold in the United States, in the 1970s the North American Soccer League marked the brave first attempt to introduce the game to American sports fans. While most teams had… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: You don't have to be a soccer fan to enjoy this stylish, breezy slice of 1970s sports history.

Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

... treats its audience like a bunch of attention deficit disorder cases.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Once in a Lifetime would have benefited greatly from historical and outside perspective, but the story on screen is such a kick that even monotone narrator Matt Dillon gets caught up in the excitement.

Tony Macklin
Las Vegas Weekly

Once in a Lifetime is like a soccer team that plays good defense but lacks offense.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

... accomplishes the minor miracle of making you mourn a sports team you likely never knew existed in the first place.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A cavalcade of theatrical personalities, juicy war stories, unforgiven grievances and old-school cinema dazzle.

Leigh Singer

Well-researched and exuberantly compiled, this is a thoroughly entertaining tribute to America's first tackle at surgically implanting the beautiful game.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Once in a Lifetime, which relies on interviews and archival footage, may not be a great documentary, but it certainly gets its points across.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An energetic and often enjoyable documentary, particularly for soccer fans.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not being a soccer fan, the Cosmos phenomenon had no impact on me at the time nor does this energetic film change that opinion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Once in a Lifetime" is a flashy and mildly interesting documentary about the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos of the North… More
William Goss
Interesting enough, but more than a little fascinated with itself.
Wu Chouin
Interesting doc about the history of soccer in America in the 70's.