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Kicking It Reviews

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Drew Toal
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

September 5, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2008
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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Rarely has the healing power of sports been as genuinely depicted as in director Susan Koch's perception-altering documentary Kicking It.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

June 27, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 27, 2008
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Kicking It illustrates the transformative power of sports.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 26, 2008
Eric Kohn
New York Press

Plain-spoken and smoothly paced.

Full Review Source: New York Press

June 25, 2008
Kam Williams

A tearjerker certain to elicit concern and compassion from anyone watching for the billion on the planet's homeless.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 11, 2008
Drew Toal
Time Out New York
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You hope that this thoughtful portrayal of [these] players' admirable representation of their countries will win them more respect back home.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 11, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Earnest and inspirational sports docu narrated by Colin Farrell

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

April 5, 2011
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

That this documentary feeds some stereotypes and gives only cursory understanding but much hand-wringing is a shame.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 18, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 13, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

June 13, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 11, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2008
John Anderson
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Results are somewhat inspiring, but equally predictable.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2008
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