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This Sporting Life Reviews

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Tom Milne
Time Out
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A reminder that something really was stirring in those days of the British New Wave before it frittered itself away.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2008
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

June 5, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out
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The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.

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

June 5, 2009
Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine

This Sporting Life is a quintessential entrant in Britain's kitchen-sink realism of the late-'50s and '60s.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

January 21, 2008
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2003
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2009
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 10, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Probably the best crafted of the British 'kitchen sink' movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2005
Peter Bradshaw

This Sporting Life shrewdly anticipates modern Britain: a dour, yet thrilling and exhilarating film.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

June 5, 2009


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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

January 22, 2008

Daily Telegraph

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 5, 2009
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