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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as Santiago Munez
as Gavin Harris
as Roz Harmison
as Glen Foy
as Mal Braithwaite
as Barry Rankin
as Erik Dornhelm
as Hernan Munez
as Jamie Drew
as Hughie McGowan
as Reporter #1
as Reporter 2
as Santiago (age 10)
as Bobby Redfern
as Carl Francis
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Critic Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
It is constructed of sports movie clichés but built on an unshakable foundation of earnestness.
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.
Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times.
... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect.
Audience Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)
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
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.
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.
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