Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) (2005)


Critic Consensus: Impressive sports action sequences are the highlight, as the run-of the-mill story invokes every known sports movie cliche.


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La inspiradora historia de un niño (Kuno Becker) que cruza la frontera mexicana y llega a EEUU trayendo su sueño de ser futbolista. Pero dentro de los obstáculos a vencer se encuentra su padre, la pobreza y las lesiones entre otras. Sin embargo, cuando menos lo piensa ya hace parte del club Newcastle United.

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The combination of button-pushing uplift, sundry sweeping helicopter shots and a bombastic score that sounds like it came on a free transfer from a Tony Scott movie proves as resistibly synthetic as the CGI-enhanced heroics on the pitch.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Everything here is beyond predictable.

Jun 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times.

May 16, 2006

... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect.

May 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, I can't think of a movie that matters less than Just My Luck. It's just negligible.

May 12, 2006 | Full Review…

Predictable Goal! The Dream Begins may not be the stuff of everyone's reveries, but the film is capably acted and somewhat inspiring.

May 12, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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A cliche script highlighted by a sheer spectacle of in-depth soccer experiences. Goal! inspires and motivates with hints of satire and laughter. Kuno Becker gives a performance that's as spectacular as his skills on the soccer field. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
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Most movies about soccer suck. Most movies about rags to riches suck. Most soccer rags to riches movies in the 2000's suck. But "Goal" didn't suck. In fact, it rocked. It had great acting, good emotion, a nice ending. I really enjoyed it, despite how corny and cliche it was. Like I mentioned, the worst part about the movie is DEFINATLEY the corniness. It was just so corny and cheesy, I wanted to explode sometimes. Luckilly, it's not as corny as the trailer proclaims. VERY good news considering how horrible the trailer made the movie look. There is a lot of emotion in this film. If you cry at movies, then you'll cry a LOT at this one. I almost cried, and you're looking at someone who sat through the incredibly violent Ninja Assassin! The acting wasn't amazing, but it was pretty good. The leads Kuno Becker and Tony Plana did really well. Besides that, I'd give it a 7/10. The plot twists were without a doubt the best thing about the movie. For a sports movie, there are plenty of them and most are pretty good. One moment, Santiago is at the top of the depth chart, next moment, he might be kicked off the team. It was very enjoyable. I really liked the ending too. It was sad, but happy at the same time. I'm kind of angry that this got a sequel, because this is a movie that shouldn't really have a sequel The ending felt very conclusive. I don't want to give this movie a 90%, because it is not really what it deserves and I want to stay as close to the tomato meter as possible. But truthfully, I actually enjoyed it. A LOT.

Marc Lewis
Marc Lewis

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Great Soccer Movie! This is how sports movie should be, with a tremendous story and fantastic ending!!! Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer. However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for Premiership club Newcastle United.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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The poster says it all: "The impossible dream". At best the movie has its moments, like in the beginning when he's struggling in the States and trying to get along with his father. But when he's moving to England and getting it all in just a month... It's impossible! He has his ups and downs but in the end he meets David Beckham (should've been avoided) and scores the big goal. And gets a contract of course. And falls in love. And will star in the sequel... With David Beckham. (Silent shout of terrible pain) But if he's in England, why the fuck doesn't he drink a pint of Guinness? Instead he pursues a career at kicking a ball (or trying to) for 90 minutes. As you can see, I'm more of a hockey guy. Football/Soccer ain't my game. Oh yeah, and the acting is average at best, just like the storyline. Recommended for Premier league fans and all other fans of the sport.

Jani H
Jani H

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