Any Given Sunday Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2011
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A meathead burlesque.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Choc-a-bloc with manly blather about sacrifice and honour and rugged individuals pulling together for the greater glory of the team.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Pass the popcorn and then the testosterone.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The film is restless to the point of distraction, and the audio is so pumped up that about a third of the dialogue is unintelligible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Stone's latest isn't his worst, but it's still a mess.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
A turbocharged and pungently enjoyable take on the sport.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
[Stone's] most entertaining movie in years.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Any Given Sunday has the dubious distinction of being the very first football picture to treat the audience like it's the football.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Bombastic, overblown and -- despite its many flaws -- compelling entertainment.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Stone is at last in an arena where his penchant for overstatement is a virtue, not a defect.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
In the end the movie cops out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A visual concussion.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Performances are almost all shot through with electricity.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Sunday is the latest example of this year's worst movie trend, in which hyperstylist directors attempt to force their way through flawed, poorly developed stories by 'showing their stuff.'
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January 1, 2000
It's super revved up, high-intensity tedium all right, but tedium nonetheless.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Yes, it's that kind of a movie, and if you know what you're getting into, it's unlikely you'll be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the few football movies that really puts you in the action, conveying the ferocity and trauma of the game.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Big, bold, brash and occasionally brilliant.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
A frequently entertaining, rah-rah look at pro football.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Any Given Sunday makes a lot of noise, but to little effect.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Most interesting are images of dangerous play as the players themselves see it.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Stone never simply make a point when he can make it 50 times with a hammer to the forehead.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
There's no shortage of color and vigor in this pumped-up movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Action largely undifferentiated.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 1, 2000
The sensation we get from the blizzard of images and teeth-jarring sound effects is of having our head used as the football.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Probably the most predictable -- and blatantly commercial -- movie [Oliver Stone's] ever directed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
We're reminded that very little movie material is original until actors transform it from cliches into particulars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Pretentious almost to the point of silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Raucous, violent, in-your-face and occasionally advancing like a punch to the belly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 1999
Full Review | Original Score: B