The Damned United Reviews

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Graham Fuller
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
The Damned United eliminates the existential anguish and pain that propelled Peace's novel, and curtails its lowering style.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 31, 2011
as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K.
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Michael Sheen has played vampires and werewolves, but works up his most insatiable bloodlust as Brian Clough in this sharply observed, superbly acted drama that realizes sports forms as nasty a symbiotic relationship with a nation's people as politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
Morgan, Hooper and Sheen have crafted a moving, funny and loving tribute to the spirit of a man who effortlessly defined the spirit of the greatest sport ever.
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 20, 2010
A provocative, darkly funny and particularly damning character study of hubris couched in idealism.
Sean Axmaker
March 25, 2010
This slice of British football sports history won't have any cultural resonance for us Yanks... but the portrait of ambition and hubris run amok resonates in any arena...
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 12, 2010
"The Damned United" is a fascinating look at a very complex man, both talented and tone-deaf, arrogant and insecure, caring and hard-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
December 23, 2009
Finds its riveting story in the locker-room and board-room wranglings of competitive team leaders, and dissects them with documentary-style precision.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 19, 2009
Refusing to devolve into a routine sports flick (see Invictus), The Damned United is instead more interested in the off-field clashes than the on-field skirmishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
December 15, 2009
Offering just enough football to satisfy the fans in the stands, The Damned United is also a pleasingly high-quality British drama with some terrific performances.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 10, 2009
That Clough is still remembered enough to have a film made about him is no surprise. But that he is remembered fondly suggests memory is a dish best served cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rubin Safaya
December 6, 2009
THE DAMNED UNITED is an intriguing study in human ego, and its ability to interfere with sound management.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 1, 2009
Sheen gives a magnificent performance. His Clough is a character you can neither like nor admire. You watch this walking train wreck in amazement as he continually steps on his own feet with his overactive mouth.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Boslaugh
December 1, 2009
...the real story isn't about football, but about the competing agendas of two strong-willed individuals: one apparently playing the supporting role to the other's lead...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 27, 2009
egoless acting, tight editing, and intelligent dialogue
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 27, 2009
...nothing like a conventional sports bio-pic; it's a character study of a difficult personality, a charming, enigmatic victim of self-sabotage.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2009
Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jackie K. Cooper
November 17, 2009
Michael Sheen is pitch perfect again in this tale of a man and his ego
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dan Lybarger
November 14, 2009
'The Damned United' is a soccer movie that's really about a man's struggle with his most dangerous opponent--his own ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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