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Friday Night Lights Reviews

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November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2007
Few films have shown so powerfully the slashing double edge of sports fever.
March 26, 2007
A heart-pounding big-screen treatment that captures all the action of a tumultuous season while showing the emotional toll on the players.
June 24, 2006
The affecting, gruelling result is less a document of recreational sport than one of obligation and ordeal.
November 11, 2004
Nuance typifies both Mr. Thornton's highly calibrated performance and the film's absence of unnecessary underlining.
October 19, 2004
Substitutes slick, cynical point-scoring for insight.
October 12, 2004
Friday Night Lights is the real deal, a grim, in-your-face expose of one West Texas school's fanatical sports program.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2004
The story gestures at a cross-sectional view of America on a Nashville scale.
October 8, 2004
A poignant celebration and a chilly condemnation of the high school gridiron as God's country.
October 8, 2004
There's an interesting movie struggling to get out of Friday Night Lights, but every time it tries it gets rushed and tackled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 8, 2004
This film deserves a stronger, unifying theme.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2004
People who like sports movies will love Friday Night Lights, but so will people who don't like sports movies and would never think of seeing a high school football game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
An exciting and involving sports drama that more than does justice to the cliches it presents as 'a true story.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2004
Electric, witty, sad and wise.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2004
The film doesn't completely gloss over the rough stuff and remains, for the most part, true to the text.
October 8, 2004
The film delivers what sports fans really want.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2004
Filled with plenty of bone-crushing, helmet-crashing action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
A stand-up example of how effective underdog sports movies are, no matter how many times you've seen this kind of thing before.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2004
Friday Night Lights is the best [football movie] I've seen, and I'm hard-pressed to think of another film about sports -- any sport -- that surpasses it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2004
Friday Night Lights bursts through the line of those beefy sports cliches, only to switch uniforms and join them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2004
Contains just the right mix of grunting, cheerleading and backbiting, of failure and success, of broken dreams and great expectations.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 8, 2004
It honors the book of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2004
Does a terrific job of exposing the pressure, intensity and, yes, near-insanity of high-school football in the West Texas town of Odessa.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 8, 2004
Editing out many of the body blows and personal fouls from Bissinger's hard-hitting account, Friday Night Lights on film tends to punt just when true insight demands going for first down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2004
The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2004
There's not much in Friday Night Lights that you haven't ever seen or couldn't have imagined. Relative to most Hollywood sports movies, however, it just feels new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2004
One of the best football movies ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2004
An emotionally fulfilling experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2004
Always slick and pumped up, Friday Night Lights is real enough around the edges to hold our attention even if it sacrifices accuracy for storytelling ease.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 7, 2004
A hard-hitting, fast-paced, stirring film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 7, 2004
Friday Night Lights doesn't capture the essence of H.G. Bissinger's bestselling book, but it does embody the spirit of Texas high school football.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2004
Peter Berg directs this Texas high school football extravaganza in a tough, gritty style that gives it an unusually fine and vivid sense of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 7, 2004
The movie is full of both crushing disappointment and hope, resignation and joy, ugliness and great beauty.
October 7, 2004
Berg takes you so deep into the action, you can hear the bones crunch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2004
As football movies go, it's a great one.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2004
The film feels like an anthology of cliches from a hundred football movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2004
Boilerplate stuff, though livened by flashy editing and cinematography.
October 7, 2004
A stringent, stirring real-life drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 7, 2004
Lights feels real, honest and -- most of all -- heartfelt, and it's filled with good performances and a fine spirit.
October 7, 2004
You will watch as though you've been rooting for the Panthers your entire life. The movie is that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 7, 2004
You'll be surprised -- and thrilled -- by how completely this film engages you.
Read More | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2004
There's a surge in momentum through the playoffs and into the Texas state championship game, which occupies a quarter of the film's nearly two-hour running time.
September 24, 2004
The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights.