George Best: All by Himself

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Maradona. Pelé. Best. Northern Ireland's legendary star remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the 'best player in the world' by Pelé, George Best galvanised Manchester United's five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash. His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league titles and the European Cup, even though he was little more than a teenager. Tragically, his career in the upper echelons of sport was over before he turned 29, the result of his bruising battle with alcoholism and the crushing pressure of modern fame. (After all, this was Britain in the frenzy of Beatle-mania and 1960s youth culture, where Best was dubbed 'El Beatle' by the world's media.) Producer John Battsek (2016's Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom, The Imposter, Project Nim) and director Daniel Gordon re-team after their acclaimed, Emmy-nominated Hillsborough to deliver a heart-breaking portrait of one of the world's truly great sporting talents, whose extraordinary gift was decimated by his own addiction.

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Critic Reviews for George Best: All by Himself

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  • Best's fame had percolated to the farthest corners of consciousness, beyond soccer to stardom. And that was his curse, and his blessing.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Trundles out the same old ideas, without anything fresh in the way of context or perspective.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Gordon's documentary is punctuated with redtop headlines, as if the Daily Bilge and Sunday Schmooze were the authorities to trust on matters of fallen soccer princes.

    Feb 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is an illuminating and moving film which shows Best at his seediest and most pathetic but never loses sight of the brilliance that made the homesick kid from Belfast into football's first superstar.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A harrowing insight into the nature of celebrity.

    Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Since the Oscar-winning success of Amy, the bar for biographical documentaries has been set high. Daniel Gordon's portrait of George Best clears it by a mile.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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