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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 128 | Rotten: 22

Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 6

Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.



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An independent-minded young woman discovers the joys of football, much to her family's chagrin, in this upbeat British comedy drama. Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is an 18-year-old growing up in West London, where her family has taken every effort to stay in touch with its Indian heritage. Jess' father and mother (Anupam Kher and Shaheen Khan) are after their daughter to go to law school, learn to cook a traditional Indian dinner, and settle down with a nice Indian boy -- the latter of which is

Sep 30, 2003


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The acting is as nimble as the footwork.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Every generation has to discover the same clichés that were drummed into previous generations, and kids could do worse than to learn them from this film.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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As Spencer Tracy once said of Katharine Hepburn, there's not much meat there, but what's there is choice.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Is satisfying and all the while entertaining to watch from start to finish...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A comedy with heart and substance.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Chadha does a decent job directing, while Parminder Nagra does a good job acting. The movie's main problem is that it's a little more fussy than it needs to be.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Delightfully upbeat, it will send you back out onto the street grinning from ear to ear.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Formulaico do início ao fim, não convence nem mesmo em suas seqüências envolvendo futebol %u2013 apesar da boa dinâmica entre Nagra e Knightley.

December 1, 2005
Cinema em Cena

It reminds you why these formulas are still around, because every now and then, they really do work.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Suffice it to say this is a delightful, uplifting treat, whether you like soccer or not (and I don't).

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

its irresistible charms and performances are what linger and make Beckham a popcorn, er, samosa flick worth savoring.

September 30, 2004 Full Review

The enchanting performance by Parminder Nagra gives the movie a ton of heart and soul.

January 30, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

'Es una cinta para sentirse bien, divertirse, pasar un buen rato y salir con una honesta sonrisa en la boca, dejando los problemas a un lado por un buen rato'

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

A 'feel good movie' of the very best kind.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

It's a warm fun movie with a good sense of humor.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Chadha makes a film with something in short supply in American teen-targeted films: class.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

All that fancy footwork, wow! And a mature story that manages to rise above the typical teen fare. And Freddy Prinze, Jr. isn't anywhere to be found.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
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Audience Reviews for Bend It Like Beckham

A funny and uplifting tale about self discovery and acceptance. An enjoyable watch for the whole family, can be enjoyed by football fans and haters alike.
September 9, 2012
Graham Willis

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A thoroughly enjoyable movie thats worth a watch! Nice to see us Brits have still got it!
May 3, 2012
Film Crazy

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Bend It Like Beckham is a fun movie about a British Indian girl named Jess (Parminder Nagra) who loves the game of soccer more than anything, but is encouraged by her traditional parents to abandon her passion and focus on other areas of her life, like finding a husband. She lies and defies them in order to keep playing, but her deceit causes friction at home, while a love triangle develops between Jess, her coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and her best friend on the team (Keira Knightly).

It may not be an original story, but it's a fun one that's frequently joyous to watch, and the focus on Indian culture made it seem fresh to me. The acting and soccer match scenes are equally well done, and the themes of culture clash and following one's dreams will be easy to sympathize with for most people.

Bend It Like Beckham is just a good, solid, entertaining family flick to watch. The movie was clearly made with a respect for Punjabi culture and a genuine love for soccer. It's hard not to like; give it a try.
July 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Amazing! One of my all time favourite films!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Juliette "Jules" Paxton: Mother, just because I wear trakkies and play sport does not make me a lesbian!
    – Submitted by Gary C (19 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Bhamra: Said to Mrs Bhamra by the dressmaker Dont worry, Mrs Bahmra. Our designs will make even these little mosquito bites look like juicy, juicy mangos!
    – Submitted by Gary C (19 months ago)
    1. Paula: Get your lesbian feet out of my shoes!
    – Submitted by David H (2 years ago)
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