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October 27, 2010
If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
Michael Sheen has played vampires and werewolves, but works up his most insatiable bloodlust as Brian Clough in this sharply observed, superbly acted drama that realizes sports forms as nasty a symbiotic relationship with a nation's people as politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 9, 2010
Morgan, Hooper and Sheen have crafted a moving, funny and loving tribute to the spirit of a man who effortlessly defined the spirit of the greatest sport ever.
April 20, 2010
A provocative, darkly funny and particularly damning character study of hubris couched in idealism.
March 25, 2010
This slice of British football sports history won't have any cultural resonance for us Yanks... but the portrait of ambition and hubris run amok resonates in any arena...
March 12, 2010
"The Damned United" is a fascinating look at a very complex man, both talented and tone-deaf, arrogant and insecure, caring and hard-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2009
Finds its riveting story in the locker-room and board-room wranglings of competitive team leaders, and dissects them with documentary-style precision.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2009
Refusing to devolve into a routine sports flick (see Invictus), The Damned United is instead more interested in the off-field clashes than the on-field skirmishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2009
Offering just enough football to satisfy the fans in the stands, The Damned United is also a pleasingly high-quality British drama with some terrific performances.
December 10, 2009
That Clough is still remembered enough to have a film made about him is no surprise. But that he is remembered fondly suggests memory is a dish best served cold.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2009
THE DAMNED UNITED is an intriguing study in human ego, and its ability to interfere with sound management.
December 1, 2009
Sheen gives a magnificent performance. His Clough is a character you can neither like nor admire. You watch this walking train wreck in amazement as he continually steps on his own feet with his overactive mouth.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
December 1, 2009
...the real story isn't about football, but about the competing agendas of two strong-willed individuals: one apparently playing the supporting role to the other's lead...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 27, 2009
egoless acting, tight editing, and intelligent dialogue
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 27, 2009
...nothing like a conventional sports bio-pic; it's a character study of a difficult personality, a charming, enigmatic victim of self-sabotage.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
November 24, 2009
Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2009
Michael Sheen is pitch perfect again in this tale of a man and his ego
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 14, 2009
'The Damned United' is a soccer movie that's really about a man's struggle with his most dangerous opponent--his own ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2009
The Damn United has a far better chance of turning American blokes onto soccer, errr, football than David Beckham's frosted tips.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2009
As a film inspired by British football, this may hold limited appeal for American moviegoers. But it's also a film about a form of spurned love, which means it's a story about love and hate, which means it's a movie that everybody can relate to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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