• 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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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Jim Rome might say that this soccer movie lacks passion and creativity. Billy Elliot is much better.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2003
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2003
Brian Orndorf

While this is far from a poorly made film, it's one that is more suited for a sharper, smaller focus.

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 6/10

March 30, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Pity it doesn't bend many cinematic rules along the way.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 12, 2002
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Slight, corny, and hopelessly predictable.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2003
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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Coming after Monsoon Wedding and My Son the Fanatic, Bend It Like Beckham seems like a step backward.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 12, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A routine, genial sports movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 28, 2003
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Beyond fresh faces and nice color work, there is little but surface here, only another perky girl movie.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 23, 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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2003
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

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 Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2003
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: C

March 28, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

I liked Jess and her family, but why did the movie have to be so formulaic and predictable?

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 25, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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 Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2003
Peter Bradshaw

Gurinder Chadha's third film is an undemanding, unambitious comedy.

Full Review Source: Guardian

April 19, 2002
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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A shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 11, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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Bend It Like Beckham is supposedly a movie about youth; its biggest shortcoming is that it rarely feels young.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 12, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

March 12, 2003
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2003
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 7, 2003
Bob Bloom
October 18, 2008

Baltimore Sun
April 4, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 4, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
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