• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Sports & Fitness, Drama
  • Directed By:    Tom Hooper
  • In Theaters:    Oct 9, 2009 Wide
  • On DVD:    Feb 23, 2010
  • Sony Pictures Classics

The Damned United Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 23, 2009

Imagine an in-depth movie about a sequin factory in China that assumes we are already familiar with all of the details of sequin making, and you have an idea what it's like to sit through The Damned United.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2009

The parallel-tracks structure smoothly reveals cause-effect relationships even as it sometimes feels designed to gussy up the narrative's straightforward rise-and-fall arc.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 2, 2009

Soccer aficionados and anyone interested in this period of English soccer will be drawn to this character-driven story about sporting ambition... Somehow the film never quite hits its target, despite the elements and the team that delivers them

Jeremy Heilman
September 5, 2009

It devolves into a morass of bitterness, losing even the rooting interest in the underdog that makes the formulaic structure of most sports films forgivable.

Full Review | Original Score: 39/100
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 30, 2009

A sports bad boy - well acted and photographed. I'll give it that.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 16, 2009

The rise and fall of Brian Clough, fired after six weeks on the job from England's most successful soccer team. Excellent performances highlight an otherwise tepid biopic.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
October 16, 2009

Like a skill player who just can't score, The Damned United is all dazzle and no finish and, ultimately, damned frustrating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.

Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 9, 2009

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
November 11, 2009

The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 15, 2009

The enigma of Brian Clough has long fascinated British fans. The Dammed United offers no easy explanation, but plunges into the mysteries of the personality.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
October 19, 2009

Sheen is wonderful.

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.

Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 9, 2009

Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
October 14, 2009

In addition to the textured damp British landscapes, the film convinces on the strength of impassioned performances by Sheen and Timothy Spall as his assistant manager and muse, Peter Taylor.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 20, 2010

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

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 10, 2009

A sports rivalry poisons everyone in this British soccer movie based, loosely, on a true story.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

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