Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

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Impressive sports action sequences are the highlight, as the run-of the-mill story invokes every known sports movie cliche.



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La inspiradora historia de un niño (Kuno Becker) que cruza la frontera mexicana y llega a EEUU trayendo su sueño de ser futbolista. Pero dentro de los obstáculos a vencer se encuentra su padre, la pobreza y las lesiones entre otras. Sin embargo, cuando menos lo piensa ya hace parte del club Newcastle United.


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Critic Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (48)

  • The combination of button-pushing uplift, sundry sweeping helicopter shots and a bombastic score that sounds like it came on a free transfer from a Tony Scott movie proves as resistibly synthetic as the CGI-enhanced heroics on the pitch.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Everything here is beyond predictable.

    Jun 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times.

    May 16, 2006
  • ... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect.

    May 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In the end, I can't think of a movie that matters less than Just My Luck. It's just negligible.

    May 12, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Predictable Goal! The Dream Begins may not be the stuff of everyone's reveries, but the film is capably acted and somewhat inspiring.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

  • Aug 16, 2012
    A cliche script highlighted by a sheer spectacle of in-depth soccer experiences. Goal! inspires and motivates with hints of satire and laughter. Kuno Becker gives a performance that's as spectacular as his skills on the soccer field. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Not as bad as I thought it would be. Full of the classic cliches of course but very watchable.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    It is a somewhat emotive film with an interesting story, although thematically very pleased with the great fans of soccer, as to what else the story is interesting for everyone.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    I like movies about sports and I watched this first instalment of a trilogy named "Goal!" few days ago. I knew that it was made with full cooperation from FIFA, and actual teams and players are used throughout the film... but that was the reason for me being so disappointed after watching it... expectations were too high! Nothing special about the story of Santiago Muñez... a son of a gardener who lives in the Barrio section of Los Angeles who illegally entered the USA - works as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant and his ultimate dream is to play soccer professionally. Of course, due to his poor life and the fact that he plays solely for a local club he feels it is unlikely. His luck changes when his skills are noticed by Glen Foy, a former Newcastle United player and scout who manages to get him a tryout with Newcastle United... Predictable, with some action on the football field, and probably enjoyment for the Newcastle fans! I am not sure that I am great fan of bellow average acting and melodrama out of its place... I'll skip the other instalments.
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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