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Friday Night Lights Reviews


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

November 24, 2011
Stuart Levine
Variety
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October 1, 2010
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 26, 2007
Ben Walters
Time Out
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The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Nuance typifies both Mr. Thornton's highly calibrated performance and the film's absence of unnecessary underlining.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 11, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 19, 2004
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 19, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Friday Night Lights is the real deal, a grim, in-your-face expose of one West Texas school's fanatical sports program.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2004
Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
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The story gestures at a cross-sectional view of America on a Nashville scale.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 12, 2004
Sean Daly
Washington Post
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A poignant celebration and a chilly condemnation of the high school gridiron as God's country.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 8, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There's an interesting movie struggling to get out of Friday Night Lights, but every time it tries it gets rushed and tackled.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2004
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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This film deserves a stronger, unifying theme.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, but so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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An exciting and involving sports drama that more than does justice to the cliches it presents as 'a true story.'

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2004
John Anderson
Newsday
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Electric, witty, sad and wise.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film doesn't completely gloss over the rough stuff and remains, for the most part, true to the text.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 8, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The film delivers what sports fans really want.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Filled with plenty of bone-crushing, helmet-crashing action.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A stand-up example of how effective underdog sports movies are, no matter how many times you've seen this kind of thing before.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Friday Night Lights is the best [football movie] I've seen, and I'm hard-pressed to think of another film about sports -- any sport -- that surpasses it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Friday Night Lights bursts through the line of those beefy sports cliches, only to switch uniforms and join them.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Contains just the right mix of grunting, cheerleading and backbiting, of failure and success, of broken dreams and great expectations.

| Original Score: B+

October 8, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It honors the book of the same name.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Does a terrific job of exposing the pressure, intensity and, yes, near-insanity of high-school football in the West Texas town of Odessa.

| Original Score: B

October 8, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Editing out many of the body blows and personal fouls from Bissinger's hard-hitting account, Friday Night Lights on film tends to punt just when true insight demands going for first down.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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There's not much in Friday Night Lights that you haven't ever seen or couldn't have imagined. Relative to most Hollywood sports movies, however, it just feels new.

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

October 8, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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One of the best football movies ever.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 7, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An emotionally fulfilling experience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Always slick and pumped up, Friday Night Lights is real enough around the edges to hold our attention even if it sacrifices accuracy for storytelling ease.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 7, 2004
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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A hard-hitting, fast-paced, stirring film.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

October 7, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Friday Night Lights doesn't capture the essence of H.G. Bissinger's bestselling book, but it does embody the spirit of Texas high school football.

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

October 7, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Peter Berg directs this Texas high school football extravaganza in a tough, gritty style that gives it an unusually fine and vivid sense of place.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 7, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The movie is full of both crushing disappointment and hope, resignation and joy, ugliness and great beauty.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 7, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Berg takes you so deep into the action, you can hear the bones crunch.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As football movies go, it's a great one.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 7, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film feels like an anthology of cliches from a hundred football movies.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2004
Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
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Boilerplate stuff, though livened by flashy editing and cinematography.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 7, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A stringent, stirring real-life drama.

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

October 7, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Lights feels real, honest and -- most of all -- heartfelt, and it's filled with good performances and a fine spirit.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 7, 2004
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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You will watch as though you've been rooting for the Panthers your entire life. The movie is that good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You'll be surprised -- and thrilled -- by how completely this film engages you.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

October 7, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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There's a surge in momentum through the playoffs and into the Texas state championship game, which occupies a quarter of the film's nearly two-hour running time.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights.

September 24, 2004
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