Pelé: Birth of a Legend 2016

Pelé

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Under guidance from manager Vicente Feola (Vincent D'Onofrio), young Pelé (Kevin de Paula) utilizes his street soccer skills to lead Brazil to the World Cup in 1958.

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  • This cable-ready biopic of the Brazilian soccer star covers the eight years leading up to his triumphant performance at the World Cup...with Vincent D'Onofrio, Colm Meaney, and-in a standout performance-musician Seu Jorge as the hero's proud father.

    June 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "Pelé" is hagiography. But appealing hagiography.

    May 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The story of Brazilian soccer's ascension to the world stage is a remarkable one, and the film would have benefitted if the Zimbalists had found a way to add a bit of depth - or even doubt - to the legend.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The rags to riches story of the first 17 years in the life of soccer superstar Pelé are covered in this painfully routine biopic.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • It's as if Pelé is no longer a flesh-and-blood character, but a cog in an inspiration machine that pumps out manufactured conflict and expected victory.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

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  • Between the whitewashing factors and the very familiar narrative beats, there's a lot of this movie that's not much more than a tolerable drag.

    May 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • May 19, 2016
    There is no doubt that Pele helped shape world football as we know it into the beautiful game and hoist Brazil on to the world stage of footballing greatness. This film covers all that and whilst it only covers Brazil's first world cup win you cannot deny the talent that Pele have. Great to watch at times, even if formulaic and not entirely accurate.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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