Friday Night Lights Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
So much more than a football movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
October 30, 2009
What Friday Night Lights offers is the perspective that, for the people and young players caught up in this whirlwind, football simultaneously means everything and ultimately nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
February 2, 2009
Friday Night Lights is a feel-good movie, but it's not real. It's a hard-hitting Hallmark greeting card. It's no wonder it appealed to Larry King %u2014 it's safe, easy, conventional, and feigns incisiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Richard Luck
Film4
July 31, 2008
Had Billy Bob Thornton not been so good in so many films, people would be talking about this as his greatest role.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 14, 2007
The script spends at least as much time exploring the psychologies of the young players and the problems they face at home as it does rallying the audience behind their efforts on the field.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
While the atmosphere is excellent, and the general elements all strong, the film sadly fails to give any real insight or depth in regards to explaining the hows and whys of the near fever over the game and its players.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Moring
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
You'll leave the theater somewhat emotionally spent -- feeling like you've been tackled by a 220-pound linebacker -- but it's worth the ride. One of the best sports movies ever.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The movie's principles are seriously out of whack, even as it angles toward a Big Life Lesson about learning to live with falling short of greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
The best sports movie for years, as it's not about sport at all. Forget fears of jingoistic grandstanding, this is an un-American all-American tale that deserves attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
An excellent effort that packs a solid, emotional punch.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
September 3, 2005
a good film, but it is preaching to the converted
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
Friday Night Lights is a film about football, but it shares more in common with films from the horror genre than with its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
July 21, 2005
A Friday night movie if ever there was one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 14, 2005
Thornton anchors the film with his understated but no less effective performance but the stand-out is Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) - the scene where he finally realises that his football career is over is truly heartbreaking to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
May 10, 2005
Its script is pure corn, drenched in syrupy sentiment and topped with prize ham in the shape of Billy Bob Thornton's tub-thumping coach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
There's nothing particularly universal or relevant about this place- and sport-specific ode to American football. Although it's a gripping and watchable true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 7, 2005
Both a great sports film and a terrific commentary on human nature.
| Original Score: A
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