This Sporting Life Reviews

May 31, 2018
This has its flaws and certainly its detractors but this dated British social-realist epic has a power to it.
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
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Probably the best crafted of the British 'kitchen sink' movies.