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The Damned United Reviews

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

January 31, 2011
Simon Miraudo

If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2010
Nick Rogers

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Simon Foster

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.

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August 9, 2010
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

A provocative, darkly funny and particularly damning character study of hubris couched in idealism.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

April 20, 2010
Sean Axmaker

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...

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March 25, 2010
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

March 12, 2010
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

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

December 23, 2009
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

December 19, 2009
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 15, 2009
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2009
Rubin Safaya

THE DAMNED UNITED is an intriguing study in human ego, and its ability to interfere with sound management.

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December 6, 2009
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

December 1, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

...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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 7/10

December 1, 2009
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

egoless acting, tight editing, and intelligent dialogue

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 27, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 87/100

November 27, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper

Michael Sheen is pitch perfect again in this tale of a man and his ego

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

November 17, 2009
Dan Lybarger

'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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2009
Mike Ward

The Damn United has a far better chance of turning American blokes onto soccer, errr, football than David Beckham's frosted tips.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2009
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