Despite the predictable, cliché-riddled script, the soap-opera hokum that passes for drama, Goal II somehow works.
| Original Score: 3/4
The idea of turning a 10-minute idea into a trilogy of movies seemed imposing at first, but Goal II continues the franchise's recipe of personality over originality.
| Original Score: B
Intriguing to watch and well-played by the engaging cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Next stop the World Cup . . . can't wait.
A machine might have directed this, but it has a few more welcome touches of comedy than the first one.
Cliched but nonetheless enjoyable - if you liked the first film, you won't be disappointed by the second one. Unless you're an Arsenal fan.
| Original Score: 3/5
Filmically it's more of a pleasantly diverting kick about in the park than a 90th minute back-of-the-net at the world cup final.
If your kids play soccer, they may appreciate this tall tale of Santi's rise from obscurity to shin-padded glory, but once you pop in the DVD, chances are you won't want to stick around.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bullet time, pixellation, flashy graphics, slow-motion-sweat, all wrapped around a rather flimsy story about the kid from the barrio dealing with paparazzi, millions of fans and a salary in the millions of Euros.
Goal II clumsily telegraphs all of its moves far in advance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
One isn't eager to see extra time played and the 'To be continued' line at the end is more ominous than enticing. Once again, film-makers demonstrate that old adage, never give soccer an even break.
I won't tell you the result, but I will say that Arsene Wenger would be wise to avoid Goal 2 in case he suffers from terminal apoplexy.
Becker, who made the first instalment just about passable, is bland here while Alessandro Nivola, who plays his best pal, looks rightly bored.
Not quite the guilty pleasure the first movie was, Goal! 2 can't quite stick it in the back of the net, pull off the double etc, etc...
One long, product-placing, non-speaking-cameo-packed infomercial.
It's a game of two halves, and both of them suck in a flat-footed follow-up that doesn't bode well for the inevitable Goal! 3.
Ultimately, this is relegation fodder from start to finish.
A game of two halves, both of them dire.