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George Best: All by Himself (2017)

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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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Don't expect many revelatory details from this fond, fair film.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There are several truly splendid moments to savour and candid interviews with some of the main players in George Best's life, especially his first wife Angie and old pals such as Pat Crerand and Mike Summerbee.

March 2, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The sum total is effective and certainly no hagiography, it paints a rather complete and sad story.

February 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is well put together and Best's talent shines in the archive footage, although you do wonder if he achieved quite as much to deserve all the adulation ...

February 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Most of the talking-head interviews here are second tier and their insights little more than pub anecdotes.

February 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Gordon does the double European footballer of the year more than justice, and the film should serve as a pedagogic tool for generations of gifted athletes from heretofore.

February 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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