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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 26, 2006
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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
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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
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 21, 2006
An energetic and often enjoyable documentary, particularly for soccer fans.
| 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
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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
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 13, 2006
Far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 13, 2006
Anyone who wants to relive this flamboyant but fleeting chapter in America's uneven soccer history should not miss this.
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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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Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
July 13, 2006
You don't need to be a soccer fan to, like Cosmos fans, fall for this captivating tale, told in Rashomon-like style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 7, 2006
The documentary offers enough color and depth to hold your interest and leave you keen to see the World Cup finals.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 7, 2006
No Hollywood scriptwriter would dare make up a tale as outrageously unlikely -- but, as it happens, true -- as the one so entertainingly told in the documentary Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 7, 2006
Once in a Lifetime performs a belated autopsy on the Cosmos and the North American Soccer League and basically concludes that they died of impatience.
| Original Score: 3/4
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July 6, 2006
Told in a breezy, fast-cut style, and backed by a boisterous soundtrack that ranges from Puccini to James Brown, Lifetime focuses on the players -- on the field and off -- that made the Cosmos such a super, if short-lived, team.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 6, 2006
Giddy, gossipy and endearingly unslick, Once in a Lifetime chronicles the rise and fall of the most famous soccer team in the United States with slapdash glee.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 6, 2006
If nothing else, the energetic documentary Once In A Lifetime proves that an audience once existed for soccer in this country, and could be cultivated again.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Gallo
Village Voice
July 5, 2006
This intermittently fascinating documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the Cosmos--which is also the rise and fall of U.S. soccer.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 5, 2006
...a stylish scramble of evocative footage, groovy music, and crazy-candid reminiscences from key players still proud to score.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.