• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Gurinder Chadha
    In Theaters:
    Aug 1, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 30, 2003
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures


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Bend It Like Beckham Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 14, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009


A comedy with heart and substance.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 1, 2008
Jumana Farouky
TIME Magazine
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The acting is as nimble as the footwork.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 1, 2008
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

June 9, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 26, 2007
Derek Elley
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More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2007
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

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

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 5, 2005
Tony Medley

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

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 9/10

October 7, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 30, 2004

'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'

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2003
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2003
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2003
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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

| Original Score: 3.5/5

September 6, 2003
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 5, 2003
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