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Bend It like Beckham Reviews

August 1, 2008
The acting is as nimble as the footwork.
March 26, 2007
Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher makes this well worth seeing.
March 26, 2007
More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Nagra and Knightley have winning personalities, but credit should also go to writer/director Chadha for getting the balance right between humour and pathos, and sporting and romantic action.
August 7, 2004
Every generation has to discover the same clichés that were drummed into previous generations, and kids could do worse than to learn them from this film.
August 8, 2003
As Spencer Tracy once said of Katharine Hepburn, there's not much meat there, but what's there is choice.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 28, 2003
Beckham is so earnestly yearning it packs an emotional impact far greater than the sum of its parts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2003
The movie isn't unwatchable. It's clumsily good-natured, the actors are appealing, and there are worse ways to spend two hours than looking at pretty young girls in shorts kicking balls.
April 4, 2003
No mere feel-good movie, it's a feel-great movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2003
That rare breed of crowd pleaser, one in which it doesn't matter that you immediately know how it's all going to end, because getting there is so much fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2003
A rare amalgam of funny, sweet, action-packed and inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2003
Chadha's created something magical; an atmosphere of happiness and hope, in which we could all bend a ball like Beckham -- or like Jess.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2003
A routine, genial sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2003
Plays very well indeed in modern America, where our melting pot of immigrant cultures inevitably leads to clashes over assimilation and tradition.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 28, 2003
It elicits laughs and the kind of rousing, root-for-the-underdog enthusiasm that translates well in any culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2003
This is a movie with bruised shins and a huge heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2003
A warm, winning comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2003
At the heart of it is Nagra, an engaging sweetheart with a great pair of feet.
March 28, 2003
It may not have the sly 'bend' of a Beckham kick, but it operates in a straight-ahead fashion that's guaranteed to score with most audiences.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 28, 2003
You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down.
March 20, 2003
Chadha has an ear and an eye for the funny, the touching and the just plain odd in her culture's gradual assimilation into the British mainstream.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2003
I don't want the title to scare people away, because this is such a wonderful film.
March 14, 2003
You'll probably fall for it anyway -- I did.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2003
Enjoyably shameless confection.
March 13, 2003
Made with a craftsmanship and pizzazz that restores your appreciation for honest commercial moviemaking, Bend It Like Beckham puts a new definition of femininity on screen, casual and cool and in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 13, 2003
At least its big-hearted earnestness seems honest, with the girls' friendship carrying more spark than the obligatory love subplot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 13, 2003
Just about perfect as a teenage coming-of-age comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2003
Like Nagra and Knightley, the movie is a sweetheart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2003
An energetic, feel-good blend of comedy, romance and benign drama -- with a side dish of social commentary -- that works despite its strict adherence to the culture clash/generation gap formula.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 12, 2003
A smart, lively and altogether warmhearted dramatic comedy that blends tradition and modernity on screen as adroitly as teenage Jess does in her irresistibly complicated life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2003
Bend It Like Beckham is supposedly a movie about youth; its biggest shortcoming is that it rarely feels young.
March 12, 2003
Coming after Monsoon Wedding and My Son the Fanatic, Bend It Like Beckham seems like a step backward.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 11, 2003
A shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams.
March 11, 2003
Bend It Like Beckham is enjoyable enough that the sprinkles of artificial sweetness in the mix don't do lasting or irreparable damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2002
A charming, often hilarious experience, brimming with excellent performances and clever dialogue.