Friday Night Lights Reviews

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Top Critic
November 24, 2011
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.
January 17, 2006
An excellent effort that packs a solid, emotional punch.
May 10, 2005
Its script is pure corn, drenched in syrupy sentiment and topped with prize ham in the shape of Billy Bob Thornton's tub-thumping coach.
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.
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.
October 8, 2004
This film deserves a stronger, unifying theme.
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.
October 8, 2004
An exciting and involving sports drama that more than does justice to the cliches it presents as 'a true story.'
October 8, 2004
Electric, witty, sad and wise.
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.
October 8, 2004
Filled with plenty of bone-crushing, helmet-crashing action.
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.
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