This Sporting Life Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
June 15, 2015
Anderson's visual sense is remarkably strong for a film that relies for much of its length on a highly complex and intriguing flashback narrative.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 10, 2013
Leagues above the sanitized picture of organized professional athletics exemplified by '42,' 'This Sporting Life' wallows in the mud of the moral dirt that surrounds and runs the whole.
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
June 5, 2009
The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
June 5, 2009
This Sporting Life exhibits astonishing vigour and a fierce engagement with life, but the bitter poetry is all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
June 5, 2009
I can't think of a sport movie that is better photographed. The black and white cinematography is gorgeously stark, the perfect medium for this bleakly unforgiving tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 5, 2009
This Sporting Life shrewdly anticipates modern Britain: a dour, yet thrilling and exhilarating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
June 5, 2009
I'm tempted to see it as one of the strongest films of that period, every frame of which pulsates with drama, class confusion and erotic force.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Daily Telegraph
June 5, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 22, 2008
From its virtuoso opening shot of a rugby scrum -- from the bottom, looking up -- to its final emotionally draining moments, This Sporting Life is a captivating, visceral film experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
January 22, 2008
Lindsay Anderson, making his debut as a feature director, brings the keen, observant eye of a documentary man to many vivid episodes without sacrificing the story line.
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine
January 21, 2008
This Sporting Life is a quintessential entrant in Britain's kitchen-sink realism of the late-'50s and '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A reminder that something really was stirring in those days of the British New Wave before it frittered itself away.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's about rugby league, beer, grit and tough lads, but it's also a profound commment on relationships loaded with symbolism and rich in emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2002
It's impossible not to appreciate the remarkable performances (both Harris and Roberts were nominated for Oscars) or the realistic rugby scenes that earned Harris a broken leg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Probably the best crafted of the British 'kitchen sink' movies.
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