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The Damned United Reviews

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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

November 11, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The Damned United is a thoughtful and entertaining study on the perils of ambition that has little to do with soccer and a lot to do with being human. Well-played.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 30, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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One of [its] primary that, in choosing a topic as narrow and parochial as the fate of an English soccer club, Morgan has relieved himself of any duty to persuade us that the events he describes are of world-historical import.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

October 23, 2009
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A finely constructed and fiercely entertaining soccer movie that deals more in pride and obsession than penalty kicks.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 23, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Michael Sheen] adds to his gallery of public figures (Tony Blair, David Frost) with a sharp performance here as the legendary UK soccer coach Brian Clough.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 23, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Like a tense World Cup match, there's a lack of scoring, but it is still riveting.

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

October 23, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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While there's plenty of action, much of it satisfyingly wet and muddy, the reason to watch this film is its splendid cast.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Sheen is wonderful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

October 19, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Like a skill player who just can't score, The Damned United is all dazzle and no finish and, ultimately, damned frustrating.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 16, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Sheen's performance is controlled fury, barely touching ground as he presents Clough as being the very picture of a delusional fool.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

October 16, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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While it's true that a couple of the characters are vivid creations, it's hard to glean what else Morgan sees in this story, which he adapted from a novel by David Peace, besides a showcase for Sheen. Mostly, that's enough.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Just as a great player can take an average team to surprising heights, Michael Sheen turns an ordinary sports movie into an unexpected winner.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The rare sports movie that deals with humiliation and disappointment.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

October 9, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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As the two coaches head for a faceoff in a climactic live TV interview, writer Morgan starts to seem like a rip-off -- of himself.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 9, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

October 9, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though his notoriously big mouth often got him into trouble, Clough is a great character for Sheen to play because his personal charm invariably -- but not always -- got him out of the difficulty.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
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Those who give it a whirl will discover a delightfully comic and sympathetic portrayal of British life in the hardscrabble, ciggies-and-lager '70s.

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October 8, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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[Sheen is] dazzling here, finally cut loose.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The great cast includes Timothy Spall as the assistant manager, Colm Meaney as Clough's nemesis, and Jim Broadbent as a sports exec who'd make George Steinbrenner nervous.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 7, 2009
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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These actors are good at what they do -- like those soccer players that dodge and weave with effortless grace.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 6, 2009
Leslie Felperin
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There's hardly more than five minutes of actual ball-kicking onscreen, and what's there is mostly seamlessly stitched-in archival footage. Diehard fans may actually feel shortchanged by the strategy. But it makes for more accessible drama.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 6, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Quite enjoyable, even for those of us who don't follow British "football."

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 5, 2009
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Vile, hateful and undeniably funny.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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You don't have to be a soccer expert, or even know all that much about the sport, to get sucked into the competing personalities and personal dramas of The Damned United.

September 23, 2009
Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
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Add an extra star rating for footie fans.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A sports rivalry poisons everyone in this British soccer movie based, loosely, on a true story.

September 10, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The biggest failure is the film's portrayal of the Leeds team: the oddly-coiffured lads are never more than a unit and the calamity of Clough's time in charge too much of a given.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

March 27, 2009
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