A feature-length folly about the terrors and self-affirming joys of football (that is, soccer) hooliganism.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed Deliverance.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Unfortunately, the beatings are often more interesting than what's caused them.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Hooligans loses the plot late though -- in the filmic and Brit-speak sense -- revealing Hollywood, not hooligan, roots.
Peter L'Official - Village Voice
Hooligans delivers two main points - that family is where you find it, and that violence can be as intoxicating, to some, as a drug.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Dean Essner - Houston Chronicle
The message is that violence is hard-wired into men, if only the connection is made.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This is Fight Club without the irony or the metaphysical gaming.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The script is a jumble of caricatures and cliches.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's what you thought Fight Club was going to be, before it went in a whole other (and far more interesting) direction.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
Pic amply demonstrates that Alexander -- director of Johnny Flynton, 2003 Oscar nominee for dramatic short -- has the chops to bring a fresh take to onscreen rough stuff.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Director and co-writer Lexi Alexander choreographs the fight scenes with thrilling chaos, and the plot unfolds expertly if melodramatically.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Viewers hoping to understand the senseless phenomenon of football hooliganism would do better to rent Alan Clarke's nearly 20-year-old The Firm.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
The steady diet of brutal street fighting makes it all but impossible to connect with this picture, despite whatever visceral appeal it may offer.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
Keith H. Brown - Eye for Film
Chelsea Bain - Boston Herald
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Hunnam e Wood exibem imensa seguranca ao carregarem o filme, que tambem desperta nosso interesse atraves da analise dos motivos que levam pessoas comuns a violencia das torcidas organizadas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Dean Essner - Time Out
Green Street Hooligans loses any credibility it might have had the minute it tries to pass off Elijah Wood as a tough guy.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Nothing hits harder, or with less tact, than the overriding message, that Matt is really looking for a surrogate family.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
At least three writers collaborated on a script that drums out loudly its themes of loyalty, honor and revenge, and the finished product dances quickly enough between cliches to make for passable entertainment.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It swims and sinks in melodrama.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[Alexander] is a better anthropologist than dramatist and her snapshot of this culture is more revealing than the story crafted around it.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There's a good movie to be made about the violent world of British soccer, or football, as it's called on the other side of the pond. This isn't it.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
German kickboxer-turned-director Lexi Alexander's brutal, unsparing portrait of disaffected youth running rampant amid the football stands and terraces of jolly old England.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Approaches the sociologically poetic sloganeering of the Smiths at Morrissey's most hooligan-lovestruck.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
We learn that violence is bad, except when it feels good, or helps solve our problems.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Goes soft and mushy in personal terms even as it ratchets up the violence and decibel level.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I wouldn't exactly say I liked this movie, but I guess you could say they do a good job capturing this element of society. The violence is appalling, extreme, and relentless.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The world of football riots seems rife with potential for the big screen, but Green Street Hooligans only periodically rises to it.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
[The director] and her team get some things right ... but there are weaknesses where it counts most.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
... a mess of romanticized notions of street honor and camaraderie in combat, pushed into hollow melodrama...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An energetic mix of Fight Club's adoration of violence and West Side Story's popularization of gang warfare.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The movie forces you into primal alertness, its effectiveness enhanced by exceptional casting and escalating tension that plays on your emotions.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
A movie about English football (soccer) hooligans shouldn't be too hard to pull off... but Green Street Hooligans manages to botch it up.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Director Lexi Alexander wants to make a message movie yet also seems attracted by the firms' macho ethics.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
As a dissertation on suppressed male aggression, it's a compelling movie. As entertainment, it's visceral but mildly unfulfilling.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Once it puts up its dukes and stops with the philosophizing, the thing intrigues.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
It's a visceral, macho film, and if the message seems to be that violence IS the answer, it's hard to resist the grimy, eloquent way that the point is made.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Dean Essner - AV Club
Sure to please fans of action-adventure flicks, footballers, and teenagers entranced by macho violence, Green Street Hooligans also offers up...morsels for ethical meditation.
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
Terrific because director Lexi Alexander, a German, brings an authentic feel to English hooliganism -- this is a brutal yet tremendously entertaining film -- and treats it very seriously.
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle
At best a mediocre to slightly above average fish-out-of-water tale.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Pretty-boy-turned-gang-leader Charlie Hunnam offers a career performance...
Michael Szymanski - Hollywood.com
Football-and-fighting drama shows Elijah Wood in a new light -- and marks the debut of a major talent.
James Rocchi - Netflix
This is a brutal, insightful look at a side of sports most Americans don't even know about.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
drags and drags, almost entirely absent of tension
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Charlie Hunnam turns in an utterly dreadful, line-mangling, squirm-inducing performance (reputedly redubbed, but still atrocious), whilst the voice-over narration is staggeringly appalling.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The fundamental idiocy of the whole business keeps the movie from scoring any serious goals.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Although the central message is questionable and the plot is packed with contrivances, the film makes for an engaging treatise on a subculture.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Though the film begins with the promise of dissecting the origins and politics of the firms, the neighborhood turf wars, and the general attraction towards football-hooligan culture, it quickly abandons those aims.
Kim Morgan - Reel.com
You watch the movie clutched in a defensive position.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Too bad it's saddled with a predictable storyline and such feckless dialogue that you can't help but view the whole thing as an exercise in stupidity.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Alexander's techniques occasionally get a bit too fancy, but the movie has a kinetic energy and intelligence that score.
John Anderson - Newsday
At its best, the movie navigates an intriguing moral tightrope between the fetishization of bloodshed and the outright condemnation of it.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Suggesting Hooligans is just too darned real for the entertainment industry to fathom would make a lot more sense if the movie weren't so mind-numbingly derivative.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
A well-intentioned but ultimately calamitous attempt to analyse the so-called 'English disease.'
Neil Smith - BBC
A colossal misstep at every turn; the sort of film bound to appeal more to one who knows not a thing about football and the UK than one with even the slightest knowledge.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Authenticity lends a sharp edge to what would otherwise be yet another gritty drama about British yob culture.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Hooligans truly is an ode to the punch, a love letter to the stomp, an embrace of the head butt.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
As the film progresses and as Matt falls deeper and deeper into the firm, you can honestly believe that the transformation is real.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat
Works resoundingly well as a spotlight onto another country's sports-obsessed culture, plus it's just a damn well-made piece of storytelling, period.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com