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Bend It like Beckham Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
August 5, 2003
Jim Rome might say that this soccer movie lacks passion and creativity. Billy Elliot is much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 14, 2003
While Chadha presents Jess and Jules as brave and independent 21st century women, the director then mistakenly gussies things up with a steady stream of shallow (and, for most girls, unattainable) sexualized images.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
March 30, 2003
While this is far from a poorly made film, it's one that is more suited for a sharper, smaller focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
Pity it doesn't bend many cinematic rules along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
April 11, 2003
Slight, corny, and hopelessly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 1, 2005
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 12, 2003
Coming after Monsoon Wedding and My Son the Fanatic, Bend It Like Beckham seems like a step backward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2003
A routine, genial sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 23, 2003
Beyond fresh faces and nice color work, there is little but surface here, only another perky girl movie.
May 15, 2003
This tale of a girl who loves playing soccer but has less-than-agreeable parents is basically Blue Crush on a football pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 18, 2003
The movie is the latest in a snowballing line of routine culture-clash comedies that are so light they practically float off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
March 28, 2003
Overpadded with sitcom misunderstandings… the mantra that your parents don't always know what's best for you, that you have to live your own life, etc., is repeated so often that it becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 25, 2003
I liked Jess and her family, but why did the movie have to be so formulaic and predictable?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 16, 2003
Bend It Like Beckham is funny at times, but not funny enough. It has moments of warmth, but none that really made me feel all warm inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
April 19, 2002
Gurinder Chadha's third film is an undemanding, unambitious comedy.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 11, 2003
A shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams.
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Stephanie Zacharek
March 12, 2003
Bend It Like Beckham is supposedly a movie about youth; its biggest shortcoming is that it rarely feels young.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 12, 2003
A laboriously manufactured sitcom that strings together a small army of cliches and stereotypes in its determination to become a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 14, 2003
Whether it's the recycling of sports movie and culture-clash cliches or running the same gag over and over again, Chadha revels in redundancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 7, 2003
Its sleek, easygoing, utterly un-remarkable charm has precious little to recommend it outside of the standard coming-of-age or date-night movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
October 18, 2008

Baltimore Sun
April 4, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 4, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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