Invincible Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2006
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
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.
August 25, 2006
The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2006
Invincible is one gigantic pile of cornball clichs, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.
August 25, 2006
As much as I wanted to root for Invincible, its protagonist comes across as neither ebullient nor vivacious.
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
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.
August 25, 2006
For a movie about following your dreams, this one is sorely lacking imagination.
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.
August 25, 2006
The most remarkable accomplishment of Invincible is to make a mid-'70s musical soundtrack sound spectacular.
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.
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