Invincible

2006, Biography/Drama, 1h 44m

136 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed. Read critic reviews

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Lifelong football fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) sees his wildest dreams come true when he becomes a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. While teaching at his high-school alma mater in Pennsylvania, the 30-year-old gets a chance to try out for his favorite team and, except for kickers, becomes the oldest rookie in NFL history who never played football in college.

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  • A film lacking Herzog's USP -- an ironic and regressive sense of the irreducible power of images -- 'Invincible' feels as though it has been devised by a scholar steeped in Herzog lore, but who at some crucial early stage mistook him for Istvan Szabo.

    September 28, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.

    September 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

    August 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichs but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Invincible

  • Oct 25, 2015
    Invincible is visually eye-popping with its landscape off the field and action on the gridiron. Even though marred by a less-than-captivating-plot and somewhat cheesy-Disney-inspiration, the film is still able to be inspiring and heartfelt. 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    wahlberg is superb in the lead and the story is nothing new but it is another case of the underdog over coming obstacles to succeed. well made if a little heavy handed
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    Under better direction, "Invincible" might have been something, but with Ericson Core at the helm, the inspiring true story of Vincent Papale is turned into a formulaic tear-jerker. Undeveloped characters, corny dialogue, and an abrupt ending are some of the film's major faults. Plus, the whole thing looks as though it was filmed through a jar of piss.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Invincible is a very entertaining film that I really enjoyed, even if its filled with every clichà (C) in the book.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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