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Goal II: Living the Dream Reviews

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Don Willmott
April 3, 2009
If your kids play soccer, they may appreciate this tall tale of Santi's rise from obscurity to shin-padded glory, but once you pop in the DVD, chances are you won't want to stick around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 29, 2008
Despite the predictable, cliché-riddled script, the soap-opera hokum that passes for drama, Goal II somehow works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 29, 2008
Bullet time, pixellation, flashy graphics, slow-motion-sweat, all wrapped around a rather flimsy story about the kid from the barrio dealing with paparazzi, millions of fans and a salary in the millions of Euros.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 29, 2008
Goal II clumsily telegraphs all of its moves far in advance.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
October 4, 2007
The idea of turning a 10-minute idea into a trilogy of movies seemed imposing at first, but Goal II continues the franchise's recipe of personality over originality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 18, 2007
One isn't eager to see extra time played and the 'To be continued' line at the end is more ominous than enticing. Once again, film-makers demonstrate that old adage, never give soccer an even break.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 10, 2007
Intriguing to watch and well-played by the engaging cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 9, 2007
I won't tell you the result, but I will say that Arsene Wenger would be wise to avoid Goal 2 in case he suffers from terminal apoplexy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
February 9, 2007
Next stop the World Cup . . . can't wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 9, 2007
Becker, who made the first instalment just about passable, is bland here while Alessandro Nivola, who plays his best pal, looks rightly bored.
Tom Hawker
Total Film
February 9, 2007
Not quite the guilty pleasure the first movie was, Goal! 2 can't quite stick it in the back of the net, pull off the double etc, etc...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 9, 2007
A machine might have directed this, but it has a few more welcome touches of comedy than the first one.
Peter Bradshaw
February 9, 2007
One long, product-placing, non-speaking-cameo-packed infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
February 9, 2007
It's a game of two halves, and both of them suck in a flat-footed follow-up that doesn't bode well for the inevitable Goal! 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Trout
February 9, 2007
Ultimately, this is relegation fodder from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
February 8, 2007
Cliched but nonetheless enjoyable - if you liked the first film, you won't be disappointed by the second one. Unless you're an Arsenal fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 7, 2007
A game of two halves, both of them dire.
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
February 6, 2007
Filmically it's more of a pleasantly diverting kick about in the park than a 90th minute back-of-the-net at the world cup final.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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