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Any Given Sunday (1999)

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50

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 60

Sometimes entertaining, but overall Any Given Sunday is a disappointment coming from Oliver Stone.

55

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 14

Sometimes entertaining, but overall Any Given Sunday is a disappointment coming from Oliver Stone.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Oliver Stone takes on professional football, a sport whose grace and delicacy are a good match for his filmmaking style. Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino), the head coach of the Miami Sharks, won back-to-back championships four years ago. But new team owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) has little enthusiasm for the finer points of the game and is concerned only with the bottom line. The longtime strongman of Tony's team has been "Cap" Rooney (Dennis Quaid), a 39-year-old quarterback, but Christina

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Drama, Action & Adventure

John Logan, Oliver Stone

Sep 5, 2000

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Almost three hours of this jitter deteriorates from bravura filmmaking to annoying mannerism, and Any Given Sunday ends up less than the sum of its many, often interesting parts.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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A meathead burlesque.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Choc-a-bloc with manly blather about sacrifice and honour and rugged individuals pulling together for the greater glory of the team.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's no shortage of color and vigor in this pumped-up movie.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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We're reminded that very little movie material is original until actors transform it from cliches into particulars.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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A frequently entertaining, rah-rah look at pro football.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Stone isn't interested in merely bashing modern football: Any Given Sunday looks at the best and worst of the sport. [Blu-ray]

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...it's hard to tell if Stone was making a serious sports movie here or a parody of a sports movie.

January 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Hit and miss, certainly, but intense stuff.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

You'd have to be a very undiscriminating football die-hard to get anything out of it.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

With few surprises and little to say in this film, it is unclear why Oliver Stone was interested in making it in the first place.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Stone's hilariously broad and belabored critique of American sports culture ...

March 28, 2006 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This isn't the best film by Oliver Stone, but it is a first-rate job nonetheless.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Os excessos visuais de Stone (tão bem utilizados em seus trabalhos anteriores) e o fraco terceiro ato, mais conveniente do que o apropriado, comprometem o resultado final.

April 16, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Loud, long and exhausting.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather | Comment (1)
Film Blather

Any Given Sunday doesn't disappoint from an acting standpoint; with a cast like this it could hardly miss.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comment (1)
Film Quips Online

A solidly-acted action-drama hybrid whose cartoonish asides largely undermine the greater subtext.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Ultimately, Any Given Sunday will disappoint football fans and won't win any new converts to the game, and worse, is just a painful film to watch

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The cast does an impressive job.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

...the movie remains watchable if only for Pacino's amazing performance and the action-packed football sequences.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Never has so much talent been wasted in such cinematic chaos.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Oliver Stone's take on the world of pro football scores a few field goals, but is extremely short of a touchdown.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

When pressed to say what has changed football from an all-American game into the sleazy business it is today, Stone feebly points a finger at television as the culprit, then wriggles away from the question.

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Amidst all the drama, there are comedic moments, such as the Sharks' version of the self-congratulatory end zone dance the Dirty Bird, the metal-vs.-rap locker room debate and the loose crocodile in the shower.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Any Given Sunday

hyperkineticrap
April 11, 2007
brooklynspo

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Oliver Stone brings his unique style to the sports drama in his 1998 film Any Given Sunday. The film wastes no time to get into the face of the action. Cinematographer Salvatore Totino plunges the camera right into it, and the movements are fast, confusing and all over the map. Despite this, there are still some interesting shots of in depth Football footage, and it's cool to see, if you can get past the frantic pace. However this is an awful sports film that had potential of being a great film. Unfortunately, the script lacks anything that is interesting in terms of a truly compelling sports film. Oliver Stone tries far too hard at delivering a film that all testosterone and no substance. There's nothing on-screen to appeal to viewers and sports drama enthusiasts. Any Given Sunday is forgettable in the long run, and it definitely doesn't stand out among other sports classics. Oliver Stone misses the mark with this movie, and he is better with conceiving kinetic action flicks like Natural Born Killers than making Sports dramas. This was really the start of a creative rut for Stone, and he would not recapture that energy until 2006's World Trade Center. This movie is just a collection of sports clichés and wasted talent. Oliver Stone has made one of his worst films with this one and it fails in terms of a truly compelling plot and effective performances. I really didn't enjoy this one, and though it had great Football footage, it wasn't enough to deliver a truly memorable sport drama. Stone is a good director, but with this genre, he should never touch another film like this. The material was lacking, the talent was there, but ultimately the execution was poor and ultimately not worth your time. At one point near the ending, we see a sports caster played by director Oliver Stone shake his head as if he realized his film was bad, and it is.
December 1, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Any Given Sunday is one of those rare sports films were you don't have to be into the sport in question, or any sport for that matter, to understand and enjoy. I have absolutely no interest in American Football but I really enjoyed this film. It's got corruption, politics, regret, arrogance..a long list of human traits that really makes this film more about life lessons with sport as the metaphor. The cast is great with everyone on form, in retrospect, this is one of the films that the 90s will be remembered for.
April 11, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Wonderful cast. Wonderful director. Woeful film.
I really thought I was going to like this, considering the talent involved and the fact that American sports tend to be good stock for film material. Sadly not on this occasion.
Al Pacino plays Tony D'Amato, a coach for the fictional Miami Sharks, a team who have hit a real slump in form and are struggling to hold their own on the football pitch. The team has too many Chiefs and not enough Indians and D'Amato not only has to manage the on-field antics of his players but also the off-field antics and spiraling ego's. This is all done with new hard-ass owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz) breathing down D'Amato's neck demanding results.
There is such a brash in-your-face kinetic energy to this film that you dont get a minute to relax throughout it. Pacino has several of his usual in-your-face rants, Oliver Stone's direction and dreadful cameo are in-your-face, the sharp and edgy editing is in-your-face. The whole exhibitionist sport is in-your-face. So much so, that it becomes very abusive and quite frankly, tiresome very early on. Added to this, the film goes on for at least an hour over its recommended running time, bombarding us with some very high testosterone and machismo. The only positives rest with the impressive use of close contact football scenes, complete with disorientation and crunching tackles and the fine cast, particulary Cameron Diaz who shows she can match the rants and aggression of Pacino, who's one of the best in the business. It's just disappointing that the film couldn't supply the great ensemble with some material to work with.
On Any Given Sunday, I'd avoid this stinker.
August 10, 2010
MrMarakai

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    1. Tony D'Amato: I yell a lot. Is that acting? Is that good enough?
    – Submitted by Jesse K (12 months ago)
    1. The Commissioner: [of Christina Pagniacci] I honestly believe that woman would eat her own young.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Tony D'Amato: That's what a leader's about; sacrifice. The times he's gotta sacrifice because he's gotta lead, by example. Not by fear and not by self-pity.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Tony D'Amato: On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose. The point is, can you win or lose like a man?
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Tony D'Amato: You find out life's this game of inches, so is football.
    – Submitted by Alex W (2 years ago)
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