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Invincible Reviews

September 16, 2006
There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 25, 2006
When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.
August 25, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2006
It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichés but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself.
August 25, 2006
It's a hard-earned humanity that gives Invincible its vigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
It has been done so many times, and so often by Disney, that the real surprise in a movie like this is when it does manage to surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2006
A generic series of pep talks and rock-pumped montages. The only thing missing is a Rocky shot of the character racing up steps.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
Wahlberg and his co-stars, including love interest Elizabeth Banks, really seem to believe in the story, with a grave intensity that enhances its underdog appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
Invincible is one gigantic pile of cornball clichés, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
As much as I wanted to root for Invincible, its protagonist comes across as neither ebullient nor vivacious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
Invincible is as much a period piece as it is a sports movie, complete with a non-stop soundtrack of familiar hits that, unfortunately, makes one think of That '70s Show a little too often
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
They're [Disney] not looking to make a complex, textured analysis of competition and ambition here, they just want a football movie that ends with the audience cheering for the hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 25, 2006
For a movie about following your dreams, this one is sorely lacking imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
If it doesn't score a lot of extra points for originality, it at least makes it across the goal line without too many fumbles.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 25, 2006
The most remarkable accomplishment of Invincible is to make a mid-'70s musical soundtrack sound spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who improbably won a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
August 25, 2006
Wahlberg and the rest of the solid cast sell this ESPN equivalent of a Lifetime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
There's a danger in reducing pictures like this to the sum of their lessons, at the expense of recognizing them as satisfying, if flawed, genre exercises.
August 24, 2006
Disney's latest sports-underdog movie is the true story of a part-time bartender (Mark Wahlberg) who realizes his dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2006
With Invincible -- hero-worship and unimaginative storytelling have caused the project to strike a sour note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2006
A scenario straight from the fantasies of every armchair super-fan.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 24, 2006
Unlike most 'feel-good' films in this genre, Invincible isn't blatantly manipulative, and works so well because it is, in fact, understated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2006
There's too much slow-mo and too many music cues, but there's a low-key buzz to Wahlberg's scenes with Greg Kinnear, who plays newcomer coach Dick Vermeil.
August 24, 2006
Invincible is an uplift-the-neighborhood, stand-up-and-cheer, go-Eagles inspirational story about the little energizer that could.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2006
Ultimately, the movie fulfills its mission, which is to fire up viewers with its can-do attitude.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2006
If you want to see a really good inspirational movie about football, try Remember the Titans. But if you want to see a movie about bad '70s hair and tiresome sports-movie clichés, Invincible is all yours.
Read More | Original Score: D+
August 24, 2006
It's rooted in a keen understanding of sports as popular religion, so that Vince's personal victory becomes a communal one, for a nation -- or at least a few blocks of South Philly -- uneasily transitioning into its third century.
August 23, 2006
It's a great story. And it has the added benefit of being (mostly) true.
August 23, 2006
Every so often, Mark Wahlberg gets hold of a role that lets him reconnect with what made him a star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2006
While it doesn't reach the level of visceral -- or dramatic -- impact of Friday Night Lights, Invincible generally gets the game's physical nature right, most ironically via Core's choice of slo-mo action shots.
August 22, 2006
A persuasive and enjoyable sports film for male audiences.
August 22, 2006
One of the few satisfying sports movies in which the foundation built upon a heap of clichés holds strong.
August 21, 2006
[It] a real-life event and turns it into a well-made, feel-good film.