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Invincible (2006)

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71

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

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

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.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 86,589

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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.

PG,

Sports & Fitness, Drama

Brad Gann

Dec 19, 2006

$57.8M

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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.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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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.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
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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.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
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.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
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.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

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

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

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

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

December 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
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.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Weak on acting power, strong on cinematography and heart.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
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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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.
August 31, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
April 1, 2011
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Dean McKenna

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