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Invincible (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 38

Critics Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.

64%
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 86,730

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Movie Info

This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a 30-year-old in an open tryout. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team (excluding kickers) who never played college ball.

Rating:
PG (for sports and some mild language)
Genre:
Sports & Fitness , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Brad Gann
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 19, 2006
Box Office:
$57.8M
Runtime:
Buena Vista - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Invincible

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (38) | DVD (19)

There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.

Full Review… | September 16, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichés but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Mark Whalberg is surprisingly good, delivering a likeness to the real Vince Papale that is uncanny.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Film School Rejects

It may seem that Invincible takes too long to get to the football. But by the time it does get down to it, we've invested enough in Wahlberg and Kinnear to give a damn about the outcome of the all-important Big Game.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Baltimore City Paper

I wonder how many more of these inspirational sports films we have to sit through in 2006.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Screenwriter Brad Gann shares the guilt for this predictable cinematic travesty along with composer Mark Isham whose bombastic musical score is akin to hammering a nail with a shotgun blast.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Invincible is the story of Vince Papale, who was an actual figure -- a part-time bartender who went to a tryout, survived training camp, made the Eagles team, and became a Philadelphia legend.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
tonymacklin.net

ricson (who doubles as cinematographer) has a good feel for urban grit and blue-collar dreams, and he gets good, unpretentious performances-especially from Wahlberg, who provides the movie's solid, dependable center.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

The script by newcomer Brad Gann hits all the right notes.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Though familiar and cliched, Invincible succeeds in spite of itself because it is so technically well done and full of heart.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

Mating calls aside, the paint-by-numbers sports side of this picture is only likely to capture the imagination of kids under the age of ten.

Full Review… | June 1, 2007
BlackFilm.com

As far as sports films go, Invincible doesn't offer anything original or notable ... except Mark Wahlberg's performance.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007
Cinematical

...Greg Kinnear is particularly engaging as Papale's coach...

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Invincible is a Walter Mitty tale, but a true one, a fantasy come to life.

Full Review… | December 31, 2006
Movie Metropolis

A film lacking Herzog's USP -- an ironic and regressive sense of the irreducible power of images -- 'Invincible' feels as though it has been devised by a scholar steeped in Herzog lore, but who at some crucial early stage mistook him for Istvan Szabo.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Sight and Sound

This 'chump-to-champ' story adheres to the 'Three R' formula: Part 'Rudy,' part 'Rocky,' with a dash of 'The Rookie' tossed in for good measure.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

If Vince Papale was the heart and soul of Philadelphia during the mid-1970s, Wahlberg brings those same qualities to "Invincible," a movie served considerably by them.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The latest in Disney's line of films about real-life sports figures never settles for easy answers.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Film Journal International

Weak on acting power, strong on cinematography and heart.

Full Review… | September 6, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

Out of work schoolteacher and part-time bartender, Philadelphia Eagles football fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) had nothing to lose when new coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) held an open tryout. With sheer determination and stamina, Papale made the team

September 6, 2006

Audience Reviews for Invincible

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Melissa Demyan, Steve Staiger, Vincent Riviezzo

Director: Ericson Core

Summary: Devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) has just lost his wife and his job as a substitute teacher. But by impressing his favorite NFL team's coach in open tryouts and winning a place on the field, he turns a terrible year into a winner.

My Thoughts: "I really love football movies, being a football fan and all, but this movie was just OK for me. The acting was good. The story line was good. Its based on a true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Eagles football team as a 30 yr-old. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team. I just think there could have been more story. But it was a good decent football movie."

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Super Reviewer

Invincible is yet another feel good inspiring true story about an underdog who succeeds at doing something big. The story is about Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale who has a chance to become a player of the Eagles after Eagles coach Dick Vermeil holds open try outs. Invincible as a film doesn't do anything new to the already familiar "inspiring" film formula, but it's still nonetheless a good film to watch. The acting is fairly good, and the story is still very engaging despite it's the type of story we've seen a hundred times before. The film does manage to make the viewer root for Vince Papale as realizes his dream and you feel good by the time the credits role. But like I said, it navigates the usual territory that all "inspiring' films take. The film is unfortunately predictable, and you know right off the bat that it will end on a high note. That's the only problem with these films, is that they to be the same, and all of them are predictable. But they always tend to be effective at entertaining you, and in the end, that's what counts. Though it's predictable, the story and acting are terrific, and this is a memorable feel good film that everyone, especially Football fans will enjoy. There are some solid performances by Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. Invincible may not do anything new, but it manages to a worthwhile view nonetheless. A well made film that can inspire anyone.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

½

Another biographic on American football since Gridiron Gang, but this is really magnificent true story of a dedicated fan who puts everything on the line to live the ultimate sports fantasy: playing for his favourite pro team.
Mark Wahlberg makes an awesome performance as the league's oldest rookie who becomes a legend of the late 1970s.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

An inspiring film, but drags on for a long time

DreamExtractor
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Invincible Quotes


Wade Chambers: People don't want 'heart', Dick, they want wins.
– Submitted by Gary G (18 months ago)

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