Kicking It Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 5, 2011
Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 5, 2008
More inspirational than any sports movie, because the impact of a simple game on the confidence and self-worth of these battered men is all real.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 4, 2008
This earnestly watchable soccer documentary has enough drama and enough action for several films. Any one of its subjects could have served as the sole focus of the movie as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
What we actually have here are a host of human stories about the homeless, put through the prism of soccer, as a path for the expression of one's humanity-one's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.
Eric Kohn
New York Press
June 25, 2008
Plain-spoken and smoothly paced.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
June 18, 2008
That this documentary feeds some stereotypes and gives only cursory understanding but much hand-wringing is a shame.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
June 13, 2008
So earnest it hurts, Kicking It follows a half-dozen homeless men from around the globe as they ready for the fourth annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 13, 2008
A well-meaning look at the Homeless World Cup, Kicking It presents its topic without much sentimentality, though it could benefit from a more pared-down approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
June 11, 2008
A tearjerker certain to elicit concern and compassion from anyone watching for the billion on the planet's homeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 11, 2008
It's hard to imagine how Koch could have made her film any more heavy-handed: perhaps by adding U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" to the soundtrack or having the narration delivered by Colin Farrell-both of which, inevitably enough, the director does.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 8, 2008
As in the recent Planet B-Boy, the impoverished conditions of the film's subjects matter significantly less than the rush of competition, but at least Planet B-Boy was a thrill to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Variety
January 23, 2008
Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.
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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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