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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos Reviews

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Tony Macklin
Las Vegas Weekly
February 2, 2009
Once in a Lifetime is like a soccer team that plays good defense but lacks offense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Leigh Singer
August 4, 2008
Well-researched and exuberantly compiled, this is a thoroughly entertaining tribute to America's first tackle at surgically implanting the beautiful game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 3, 2006
Not being a soccer fan, the Cosmos phenomenon had no impact on me at the time nor does this energetic film change that opinion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
October 13, 2006
mostly I'm stricken with nostalgia for '70s fashion and Marv Albert's hairdo
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 25, 2006
An energetically told tale, with eccentric characters to spare and a nostalgically bittersweet tone.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 25, 2006
With just a little tweaking ... could be reworked in a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary of swollen egos and corporate whimsy.
| Original Score: 83/100
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 19, 2006
Packed with observations and recrimations, many of the latter aimed at or by Chinaglia, which makes for some gossipy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shawn Levy
August 13, 2006
... the film is bursting with astonishing old footage, hip tunes, vivid interviews and you-couldn't- make-it-up anecdotes.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 13, 2006
... treats its audience like a bunch of attention deficit disorder cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 13, 2006
... accomplishes the minor miracle of making you mourn a sports team you likely never knew existed in the first place.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 12, 2006
Once in a Lifetime, which relies on interviews and archival footage, may not be a great documentary, but it certainly gets its points across.
| Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
August 11, 2006
Once in a Lifetime is a marvelous primer on this remarkable event in soccer history, most likely never to be seen again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Rusnak
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 10, 2006
It's a rags-to-riches story that shows how American money and imagination revolutionized not just a team, but the entire sport of soccer, back then and still to this day.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 5, 2006
Once in a Lifetime is riveting cinema for at least an hour, after which it starts to feel a bit like thumbing through a scrapbook. But American soccer fans -- and those interested in the business of sports -- will eat it up.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 4, 2006
New York went bust, so did the team, yet scattered seeds for smarter soccer growth later.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
Once in a Lifetime would have benefited greatly from historical and outside perspective, but the story on screen is such a kick that even monotone narrator Matt Dillon gets caught up in the excitement.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2006
It has some funny scenes and wild characters who reflect back on the glory years, where the clashes of ego were as legendary as Pelé's amazing bicycle-kick goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 27, 2006
A cavalcade of theatrical personalities, juicy war stories, unforgiven grievances and old-school cinema dazzle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 27, 2006
The movie is ultimately too long and too this-no-name-player- was-traded-for-that- no-name-player detailed for casual viewers.
| Original Score: 2/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
July 22, 2006
How that dream was realized and what factors brought it and its league to a horrific crash scarcely a decade later is the intriguing drama that directors Paul Crowder and John Dower are able to reconstruct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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