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.
October 14, 2010
Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.
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.
December 30, 2006
Delightfully upbeat, it will send you back out onto the street grinning from ear to ear.
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 clichs 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.
June 19, 2003
This sports dramatic comedy about culture, gender, parents and growing up just might prove to be one of the year's best and it easily rekindles my waning enthusiasm about making trips to the multiplex.
May 28, 2003
Beckham is so earnestly yearning it packs an emotional impact far greater than the sum of its parts.
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 15, 2003
Maybe it makes me some kind of feminist, but I like how in this picture, the Dream has nothing to do with nuptials...
April 12, 2003
Spunky and easy to watch, this feel-good movie bridges the distance between old country and new with the deft touch of a David Beckham penalty kick.
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.
April 4, 2003
No mere feel-good movie, it's a feel-great movie.
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.
April 3, 2003
A rare amalgam of funny, sweet, action-packed and inspiring.
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.
March 28, 2003
A routine, genial sports movie.
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