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North Dallas Forty Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 29, 2016
Profanely funny, wised-up and heroically antiheroic, North Dallas Forty is unlikely to please anyone with a vested interest in glorifying the National Football League.

People Magazine
August 29, 2016
It's not damning with faint praise to say this is the best pro football movie ever -- and by yards.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Retains enough of the original novel's authenticity to deliver strong, if brutish, entertainment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2007
The football scenes are brutally real; the locker room scenes are totally authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
March 14, 2007
Pro football fans may be disillusioned by this excellent, honest, and often brutal expose of the play-for-pay game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 14, 2007
The production is a most realistic, hard-hitting and perceptive look at the seamy side of pro football.

March 14, 2007
It relies upon your belief in the inherent nobility of the sport... If you believe that, this is the greatest sports movie ever made. If you don't, it's a wallow in self-pity.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 10, 2006
The best football movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Something of a mess, both in terms of the wayward plot which rambles all over the place, and in terms of the rather muddled juggling of audience sympathies.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The leading man, Nick Nolte, has a physical authority and a clowning, irreverent manner that lend the film some semblance of continuity, even when it's about to flounder.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
November 1, 2004
Raucous football tale with effective Nolte.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
North Dallas Forty reveals some of the reasons why the fun has been taken out of football.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
June 5, 2002
Nolte is impressive, as is Charles Durning as the coach, and Bo Svenson is hilarious as a veritable giant of a player.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2001
It's still fascinating to get a glimpse of what athletes sacrifice to entertain us. It would have been considerably more fascinating if more of the people involved had seemed more human.
| Original Score: 67/100
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
For a sports flick, this is unique and holds your attention for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 13, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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