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Green Street Hooligans (2005)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: When it comes to the subculture of soccer thugs, Green Street Hooligans lacks sufficient insight, and instead comes off as a Fight Club knock-off.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: When it comes to the subculture of soccer thugs, Green Street Hooligans lacks sufficient insight, and instead comes off as a Fight Club knock-off.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 219,167


Movie Info

An American abroad is introduced to the heady but dangerous pleasures of violence in this powerful drama from Great Britain. Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) is a journalism student from America who is expelled from college when his roommate sets him to take the fall after drugs are found in their dorm room. Needing time to sort out what his next move should be, Matt travels to London to visit his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani), who has married British Steve Dunham (Marc Warren). As it happens, Matt … More

R (for brutal violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Lexi Alexander , Dougie Brimson , Josh Shelov
In Theaters:
Jun 13, 2006
Box Office:
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Green Street Hooligans

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (33) | DVD (10)

It swims and sinks in melodrama.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

There's a good movie to be made about the violent world of British soccer, or football, as it's called on the other side of the pond. This isn't it.

October 21, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The script is a jumble of caricatures and cliches.

October 14, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed Deliverance.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's what you thought Fight Club was going to be, before it went in a whole other (and far more interesting) direction.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Pic amply demonstrates that Alexander -- director of Johnny Flynton, 2003 Oscar nominee for dramatic short -- has the chops to bring a fresh take to onscreen rough stuff.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
Top Critic

Hunnam e Wood exibem imensa segurança ao carregarem o filme, que também desperta nosso interesse através da análise dos motivos que levam pessoas comuns à violência das torcidas organizadas.

April 2, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Green Street Hooligans loses any credibility it might have had the minute it tries to pass off Elijah Wood as a tough guy.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Nothing hits harder, or with less tact, than the overriding message, that Matt is really looking for a surrogate family.

Full Review… | December 1, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

At least three writers collaborated on a script that drums out loudly its themes of loyalty, honor and revenge, and the finished product dances quickly enough between cliches to make for passable entertainment.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005

[Alexander] is a better anthropologist than dramatist and her snapshot of this culture is more revealing than the story crafted around it.

October 27, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

German kickboxer-turned-director Lexi Alexander's brutal, unsparing portrait of disaffected youth running rampant amid the football stands and terraces of jolly old England.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005

Approaches the sociologically poetic sloganeering of the Smiths at Morrissey's most hooligan-lovestruck.

Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Austin Chronicle

We learn that violence is bad, except when it feels good, or helps solve our problems.

October 14, 2005
Philadelphia Daily News

Goes soft and mushy in personal terms even as it ratchets up the violence and decibel level.

Full Review… | October 9, 2005
One Guy's Opinion

The world of football riots seems rife with potential for the big screen, but Green Street Hooligans only periodically rises to it.

Full Review… | October 8, 2005
New Times

I wouldn't exactly say I liked this movie, but I guess you could say they do a good job capturing this element of society. The violence is appalling, extreme, and relentless.

Full Review… | October 8, 2005

[The director] and her team get some things right ... but there are weaknesses where it counts most.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Film Journal International

... a mess of romanticized notions of street honor and camaraderie in combat, pushed into hollow melodrama...

Full Review… | October 5, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An energetic mix of Fight Club's adoration of violence and West Side Story's popularization of gang warfare.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for Green Street Hooligans


Along the same kinda lines as 'The Football Factory' but nowhere near as gritty and in your face, this film suffers from a slight case of Hollywood glitz.

Not just because Elijah Wood is in it, that is one reason of course, but the violence just seems more coordinated and setup haha whilst the many British actors in the film all have rather hokey cockney accents which are rather forced, some not all.

The film centres around West Ham United Firm 'GSE: Green Street Elite' although the real firm is called 'ICF: Inner City Firm' and follows the guys around as they go to matches and plan on fights with rival firms. Nothing much different from other 'firm' flicks but the added plot of Yankee Wood who slowly fits in against his UK based sisters wishes and grows to enjoy the lifestyle.

No one really that well known in the film accept Wood who is TOTALLY out of place in this type of flick but I guess that's the idea right. Only thing is you simply can't see Wood ever getting tough enough to do what he does in the film, never in a month of Sundays.

Good entertainment but using allot of artistic license and second best to 'The Football Factory' and 'The Firm'....if your into these types of films.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Superb acting and very emotional drama. You immediately get sucked into the story. Additionally, it also has great pacing and a highly intriguing storyline. Final rating: a weak "4" from me.

Mike S

Super Reviewer


Green Street Hooligans is one of those rare films where we get are glad we watched it and is probably Elijah Woods best performance (besides LOTR).

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Being a FOOTBALL fan, I love this movie; tt's Fight Club meets football. The only flaw of this film is Elijah Wood. His acting skills are very poor and I feel they could have done a better job with casting.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Green Street Hooligans Quotes

Pete Dunham:
Mate, I'm smart as fuck.
– Submitted by Mike S (16 months ago)
Pete Dunham:
And for fuck's sake, stop sayin' soccer.
– Submitted by Remigijus ' (23 months ago)
Matt Buckner:
I was studying history.
Pete Dunham:
I teach history!
Matt Buckner:
You teach?
Pete Dunham:
Yes, cheeky slag.
– Submitted by Chanae H (2 years ago)
Steve Dunham:
There's more to life than all this.
– Submitted by Stephanie W (2 years ago)
Matt Buckner:
What are you talkin' about, baseball is a girl's game? The Red Sox has a guy that pitches the ball over 90 miles per hour!
Pete Dunham:
Who cares? All that means is that he can have a wank faster than you.
– Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
Matt Buckner:
You know the best part? It isn't knowing that your friends have your back. It's knowing that you have your friends' back.
– Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)

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