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Next Goal Wins (15)

Next Goal Wins (15)

Documentary, Sport

The power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.

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The critical consensus

Charming and uplifting.

****(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 05/05/2014

There’s possibly more terrible football on display than even Scottish audiences can stomach, but like the team, it’s a documentary with heart.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 04/05/2014

A triumph-of-the-underdog documentary so amusing and inspirational you’ll have to Google events to ensure it’s not a mockumentary. Back of the net.

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 05/05/2014

The pace is a little leisurely, and it doesn’t demand to be seen on a big screen, but much like the characters it portrays Next Goal Wins is an unassuming winner.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 08/05/2014

There's a narrative supersub in Jaiyah Saelua, a transgender centre-back who, by her own admission, runs "like a girl" yet tackles like Chopper Harris – and is embraced by her teammates. As an antidote to Premier League cynicism, it couldn't be bettered.

****(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 08/05/2014

American Samoa famously lost to Australia 31-0 and were declared the worst football team in the world. Next Goal Wins is a heartwarming documentary that captures their gritty determination to improve.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 09/05/2014

Slightly muted closing stretch lets the air out of the ball ever so slightly, but by then it’s already in the top corner.

Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 08/05/2014

Much underdog predictability duly follows, but so too does real can-they-do-it? tension, as well as some genuine insight into the local culture.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 10/05/2014

Watching this was the first time I have ever punched the air because a football sailed into the back of a net. And very probably the last.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 11/05/2014

Features about Next Goal Wins (15)

Next Goal Wins for 'world's worst football team'

Kev Geoghegan, BBC, 06/05/2014

Mike Brett and Steve Jamison

Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 08/05/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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