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Green Street Hooligans (2005)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

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.



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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



Lexi Alexander, Dougie Brimson, Josh Shelov

Jun 13, 2006


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It swims and sinks in melodrama.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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
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The script is a jumble of caricatures and cliches.

October 14, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed Deliverance.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's what you thought Fight Club was going to be, before it went in a whole other (and far more interesting) direction.

October 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (5)
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.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
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.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

[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.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

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

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
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.

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

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

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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.
March 26, 2014

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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.
October 29, 2011
Mike S

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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.
August 9, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Pete Dunham: Mate, I'm smart as fuck.
    – Submitted by Mike S (15 months ago)
    1. Pete Dunham: And for fuck's sake, stop sayin' soccer.
    – Submitted by Remigijus ' (22 months ago)
    1. Matt Buckner: I was studying history.
    2. Pete Dunham: I teach history!
    3. Matt Buckner: You teach?
    4. Pete Dunham: Yes, cheeky slag.
    – Submitted by Chanae H (23 months ago)
    1. Steve Dunham: There's more to life than all this.
    – Submitted by Stephanie W (2 years ago)
    1. 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!
    2. Pete Dunham: Who cares? All that means is that he can have a wank faster than you.
    – Submitted by Yoga L (2 years ago)
    1. 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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