Invincible Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
July 6, 2010
Mark Whalberg is surprisingly good, delivering a likeness to the real Vince Papale that is uncanny.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I wonder how many more of these inspirational sports films we have to sit through in 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
April 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Tony Macklin
February 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.0/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
The script by newcomer Brad Gann hits all the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
Though familiar and cliched, Invincible succeeds in spite of itself because it is so technically well done and full of heart.
Kam Williams
June 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jette Kernion
April 8, 2007
As far as sports films go, Invincible doesn't offer anything original or notable ... except Mark Wahlberg's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 1, 2007
...Greg Kinnear is particularly engaging as Papale's coach...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 31, 2006
Invincible is a Walter Mitty tale, but a true one, a fantasy come to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2006
There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 15, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 7, 2006
The latest in Disney's line of films about real-life sports figures never settles for easy answers.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 6, 2006
Weak on acting power, strong on cinematography and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Tennis
September 6, 2006
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
| Original Score: 4/5
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