This Sporting Life Reviews

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August 3, 2020
Although what it narrates is familiar to me with the domestic disputes of the protagonists, I immediately forget any comparison when i'm moved with the powerful performances from Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts. [Full review in Spanish]
August 13, 2019
Anderson's use of the camera is either too flatly, clutteredly realistic or else too "indicative." Few Hollywood movies are as flimsily motivated as this allegedly realistic film.
May 31, 2018
This has its flaws and certainly its detractors but this dated British social-realist epic has a power to it.
May 31, 2018
This unique and essential film stands out as being the best of its genre, showcasing a blunt sexuality along with a modern, smartly-edited sensibility.
June 15, 2015
Anderson's visual sense is remarkably strong for a film that relies for much of its length on a highly complex and intriguing flashback narrative.
November 10, 2013
Leagues above the sanitized picture of organized professional athletics exemplified by '42,' 'This Sporting Life' wallows in the mud of the moral dirt that surrounds and runs the whole.
June 5, 2009
The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.
June 5, 2009
I can't think of a sport movie that is better photographed. The black and white cinematography is gorgeously stark, the perfect medium for this bleakly unforgiving tale.
June 5, 2009
This Sporting Life shrewdly anticipates modern Britain: a dour, yet thrilling and exhilarating film.
June 5, 2009
I'm tempted to see it as one of the strongest films of that period, every frame of which pulsates with drama, class confusion and erotic force.
June 5, 2009
January 22, 2008
From its virtuoso opening shot of a rugby scrum -- from the bottom, looking up -- to its final emotionally draining moments, This Sporting Life is a captivating, visceral film experience.
January 22, 2008
Lindsay Anderson, making his debut as a feature director, brings the keen, observant eye of a documentary man to many vivid episodes without sacrificing the story line.
January 21, 2008
This Sporting Life is a quintessential entrant in Britain's kitchen-sink realism of the late-'50s and '60s.
February 9, 2006
A reminder that something really was stirring in those days of the British New Wave before it frittered itself away.
July 5, 2005
November 19, 2004
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
It's about rugby league, beer, grit and tough lads, but it's also a profound commment on relationships loaded with symbolism and rich in emotion.
June 27, 2002
It's impossible not to appreciate the remarkable performances (both Harris and Roberts were nominated for Oscars) or the realistic rugby scenes that earned Harris a broken leg.
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