Bend It Like Beckham Reviews

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January 3, 2019
The film caricaturises every character, save the lead players and their sympathisers, in the most obvious manner.
March 26, 2007
More rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper.
December 1, 2005
Formulaico do incio ao fim, no convence nem mesmo em suas seqncias envolvendo futebol %u2013 apesar da boa dinmica entre Nagra e Knightley.
August 5, 2003
Jim Rome might say that this soccer movie lacks passion and creativity. Billy Elliot is much better.
May 16, 2003
Bend It Like Beckham is funny at times, but not funny enough. It has moments of warmth, but none that really made me feel all warm inside.
May 15, 2003
This tale of a girl who loves playing soccer but has less-than-agreeable parents is basically Blue Crush on a football pitch.
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 18, 2003
The movie is the latest in a snowballing line of routine culture-clash comedies that are so light they practically float off the screen.
April 11, 2003
Slight, corny, and hopelessly predictable.
April 7, 2003
Its sleek, easygoing, utterly un-remarkable charm has precious little to recommend it outside of the standard coming-of-age or date-night movie.
March 30, 2003
While this is far from a poorly made film, it's one that is more suited for a sharper, smaller focus.
March 28, 2003
A routine, genial sports movie.
March 28, 2003
Overpadded with sitcom misunderstandings… the mantra that your parents don't always know what's best for you, that you have to live your own life, etc., is repeated so often that it becomes tiresome.
March 14, 2003
Whether it's the recycling of sports movie and culture-clash cliches or running the same gag over and over again, Chadha revels in redundancy.
March 14, 2003
While Chadha presents Jess and Jules as brave and independent 21st century women, the director then mistakenly gussies things up with a steady stream of shallow (and, for most girls, unattainable) sexualized images.
March 12, 2003
A laboriously manufactured sitcom that strings together a small army of cliches and stereotypes in its determination to become a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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.
March 11, 2003
A shrill, poky comedy about good sportsmanship and the pursuit of big dreams.
February 25, 2003
I liked Jess and her family, but why did the movie have to be so formulaic and predictable?
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