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

August 13, 2006
... treats its audience like a bunch of attention deficit disorder cases.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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 27, 2006
A cavalcade of theatrical personalities, juicy war stories, unforgiven grievances and old-school cinema dazzle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2006
An energetic and often enjoyable documentary, particularly for soccer fans.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
July 14, 2006
Lively, free-wheeling amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2006
Far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
July 13, 2006
Anyone who wants to relive this flamboyant but fleeting chapter in America's uneven soccer history should not miss this.
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).
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
July 7, 2006
The documentary offers enough color and depth to hold your interest and leave you keen to see the World Cup finals.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
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-
June 24, 2006
An entertaining documentary that won't change the world, but should leave you spellbound for 90 minutes.