Invincible Reviews

  • Every so often, Mark Wahlberg gets hold of a role that lets him reconnect with what made him a star.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Disney's latest sports-underdog movie is the true story of a part-time bartender (Mark Wahlberg) who realizes his dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in cliches but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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, who plays newcomer coach Dick Vermeil.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Wahlberg and the rest of the solid cast sell this ESPN equivalent of a Lifetime movie.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • One of the few satisfying sports movies in which the foundation built upon a heap of cliches holds strong.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Wahlberg and his co-stars, including love interest Elizabeth Banks, really seem to believe in the story, with a grave intensity that enhances its underdog appeal.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • As much as I wanted to root for Invincible, its protagonist comes across as neither ebullient nor vivacious.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The most remarkable accomplishment of Invincible is to make a mid-'70s musical soundtrack sound spectacular.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who improbably won a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Invincible is an uplift-the-neighborhood, stand-up-and-cheer, go-Eagles inspirational story about the little energizer that could.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ultimately, the movie fulfills its mission, which is to fire up viewers with its can-do attitude.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • They're [Disney] not looking to make a complex, textured analysis of competition and ambition here, they just want a football movie that ends with the audience cheering for the hero.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • While it doesn't reach the level of visceral -- or dramatic -- impact of Friday Night Lights, Invincible generally gets the game's physical nature right, most ironically via Core's choice of slo-mo action shots.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • It has been done so many times, and so often by Disney, that the real surprise in a movie like this is when it does manage to surprise.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.

    Geoff Pevere — Toronto Star

  • Invincible is as much a period piece as it is a sports movie, complete with a non-stop soundtrack of familiar hits that, unfortunately, makes one think of That '70s Show a little too often

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

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