Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 21, 2006
An energetic and often enjoyable documentary, particularly for soccer fans.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 21, 2006
Once in a Lifetime does a wonderful job of showing that this collection of foreigners playing a foreign sport forged one of the great American sports stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
July 20, 2006
Through interviews with former players, coaches, and company officials, as well as archival footage, the film traces the club's amazing rise and ultimate disintegration.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2006
Lively, free-wheeling amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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