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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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
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
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 6, 2006
The film is an uncanny reflection of soccer itself: intermittently engaging but generally a dramatically inert bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
July 22, 2006
Essentially an extended cable special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 21, 2006
The movie is only so-so, borrowing a little from the VH-1 school of popumentary but lacking the snazzy production values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
July 15, 2006
Another soccer film? Buy, hey, it's about a NEW YORK soccer team, glorifying the late Steve Ross, the number one corporate viper! For those who believe the world ends at the Hudson River only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Joe Donnelly
L.A. Weekly
July 13, 2006
About a brief gathering of high-paid superstars slumming it in America at the ego-driven whimsy of one of the world's most powerful moguls (who himself had nothing to lose, since the whole venture was on Warner's tab).
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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
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
July 14, 2006
A slick, gossipy documentary that pulses to the strains of James Brown, Parliament and the Love Unlimited Orchestra as it glosses over facts to make its questionable case for the Cosmos.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
July 5, 2006
The perfect mix of style and substance, visuals, music and words ... one of the best sports documentaries ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
June 26, 2006
A fun and rowdy take on the New York Cosmos, who almost succeeded in bringing soccer into the American mainstream during the late 1970s.
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+
Christopher Null
October 13, 2006
mostly I'm stricken with nostalgia for '70s fashion and Marv Albert's hairdo
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An entertaining documentary that won't change the world, but should leave you spellbound for 90 minutes.
Joe Utichi
May 27, 2006
A good yarn well spun, a story so fascinating that you'll be hooked until the very end.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 14, 2006
This is not an exercise in fabricated nostalgia, but a raucous chronicle of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
July 13, 2006
Aptly portrays the country's brief love affair with soccer and acknowledges that it will continue to thrive, whether we're paying attention or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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