The Damned United
The Damned United (2009)

Set in 1960s and 1970s England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football--Leeds United. Previously… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Better than your average football pic, Damned United is carried by another star turn from Michael Sheen as Brian Clough.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

One of [its] primary that, in choosing a topic as narrow and parochial as the fate of an English soccer club, Morgan has relieved himself of any duty to persuade us that the events he describes are of world-historical import.

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Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine

The Damned United eliminates the existential anguish and pain that propelled Peace's novel, and curtails its lowering style.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A finely constructed and fiercely entertaining soccer movie that deals more in pride and obsession than penalty kicks.

Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The Damned United is a thoughtful and entertaining study on the perils of ambition that has little to do with soccer and a lot to do with being human. Well-played.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Michael Sheen] adds to his gallery of public figures (Tony Blair, David Frost) with a sharp performance here as the legendary UK soccer coach Brian Clough.

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Simon Miraudo

If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A very interesting story that, if we didn't know that it eventually works out for Clough (later in his career, managing Nottingham Forest), could be filed… More
Dean McKenna
This is damned good true story of British coach football Brian Clough as well as a bravura performance from Michael Sheen and a faithful, intelligent screenplay… More
Film Crazy
Im not into football movies at all and i will avoid them as much as possible but it takes one football movie to star Michael Sheen to actually get me to watch… More
Jay Hutchinson
A very poignant, well-acted memoir of Brian Clough's 1974 stint as manager of Leeds United, this film succeeds in nearly every aspect. There is little to… More
Reza Mohseni
An underrated british movie.Since it's about football its intresting and entertaining.Like other Peter Morgan's screenplays ,stoyline is short and… More
Stephen M
Since it would be difficult to conceive of a more affectionate portrait of Brian Clough than the one presented here, one wonders why the Clough family were so… More

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