Never forgetting the rush of the game, the directors regularly serve up fleet footage of the teama(TM)s highs and lows, allowing the rhythms of the field to set the filma(TM)s volatile beat.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Christopher Browne's sturdy documentary... shows not simply the ability of sports triumph to inspire national unity, but also the far more difficult act of sustaining such hope once the afterglow of winning has faded.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The soccer footage, although not the centerpiece one might expect, provides a vivid sense of the game's ardent, sometimes inflammatory fans and its significant place within the Israeli zeitgeist.
Gary Goldstein - Los Angeles Times
A cautionary rejoinder to typical sports-movie uplift, elucidating how athletics remain a dangerously precarious foundation upon which to construct lasting peace.
Nick Schager - L.A. Weekly
Thus the central notion in After the Cup is not the obvious; we can all live and work together to our greater achievement no matter where we are from or who we are. Rather, the question here is-will we-even when we lose the football game?
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Browne has effectively distilled the events of Sahknin's 2005 season into a lively and entertaining 80-minute feature.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Captures a stressful roller coaster ride during an emotional year where politics brings the usual passions and pressures of partisan soccer fans into even sharper relief.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
A mostly captivating documentary that will appeal to avid soccer fans, but it could have used more insightful and provocative interviews with sharper questions about such an politically integral soccer team.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
There's a great story to be told here, but After The Cup feels more like an outline than a finished draft.
Sam Adams - AV Club
Establishes the difficulty of burdening one team to serve as a national symbol of reconciliation -- and how hard it is to break free from triumph-of-the-underdog cliches with even the best of intentions.
Andrew Schenker - Time Out
Centuries-old rivalries die hard...and the very thing that unites can also divide.
Lauren Wissot - Slant Magazine
An action-filled, emotional documentary that expresses hope that a divided people can be united through sports.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve