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Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public consensus was that it was a waste of time – no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way.

Actors: Mark Wahlberg , Greg Kinnear , Elizabeth Banks , Kevin Conway , Michael Rispoli , Morgan Turner
Directors: Ericson Core
Country: USA
Release: 2006-08-25
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Wahlberg, with shaggy hair and a pumped bod he wears more convincingly than any actor, plays Vince as a guy who truly doesn't expect to win. That makes his rib-bruising triumph all the more believable and touching.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The actors make it work. Greg Kinnear's Coach Vermeil exudes Southern California good vibrations without a lot of fuss or attitude.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    One gigantic pile of cornball clichés, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    So yes, you'll roll your eyes when the coach defies Papale's naysayers by insisting that "he has heart." But if there's a single surprise on this familiar field, it's that the movie does, too.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Core, a cinematographer who helms both camera and directorial duties here, creates a vivid sense of time and place without letting the period music, clothes or art direction intrude. The performances are likewise understated and unpretentious, especially those of Wahlberg and Kinnear.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Another surefire sports biography from Disney.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The movie contains few surprises but has plenty of heart.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Sure, the unlikely ascendance of 30-year-old Vince Papale from working-class suds-pumper to Philadelphia Eagles benchwarmer is a victory for the little guy, but it's still more of a personal victory, and that's what makes it touching.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A neatly packaged Walt Disney Co. picture with bone-crunching football action; a nice sense of the blue-collar, male-dominated milieu that nourishes football fanaticism; and a few too many tugs at the heartstrings.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Core has a touch with actors, too, and there are surprisingly fine performances here.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    Invincible joins "Rocky" or "Hoosiers" or "Breaking Away" as one of the few satisfying sports movies in which the foundation built upon a heap of clichés holds strong.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Handling both directing and cinematography duties, Core invests both with a clearly impassioned sense of place, period and perspective regarding this fanfare for common men.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Wahlberg is effective in the role and carries the movie nicely.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The film's depiction of life among the salt of the earth is blandly cartoonish; and the "Super Sounds of the '70s" soundtrack meticulously matches songs to action, as though the filmmakers didn't trust viewers to figure out what these one-note characters were feeling.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Invincible doesn't offer any surprises. But it is a well-made, fairly exciting movie that, like its hero, has heart.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Has the problem of drifting in and out of authenticity.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    A touching, stirring story even if it has been given the Hollywood treatment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Invincible counters its predictably inspirational trajectory with close attention to historical detail and blue-collar hardship.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There's too much slow-mo and too many music cues, but there's a low-key buzz to Wahlberg's scenes with Greg Kinnear.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Papale's story is more than any fan could dream of, which is why it's frustrating that Invincible feels the need to embellish it. While mentioning he never played football in college, the film ignores that he did play in a semipro league prior to his Eagles tryout.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    The movie is shamelessly manipulative.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    From the poor set design to the mediocre acting to the paint-by-numbers screenplay, this is TV fare at best.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    Despite its title, the movie admirably sticks to its game plan of ennobling the everyman as opposed to turning Papale into some kind of Superman.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Invincible is like a thick, sweaty slab of NFL comfort food.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The movie is straightforward in a way that makes it feel less manipulative than it might. Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    Audiences will be rooting for him all the way to the end zone.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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