Mean Machine 2001

Critics score:
34 / 100

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Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: ... a lot of fun. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: A fairly enjoyable mixture of Longest Yard ... and the 1999 Guy Ritchie caper Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Read more

Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News: Jones helps breathe some life into the insubstantial plot, but even he is overwhelmed by predictability. Read more

Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune: Holds its ground as a mid-budget Hollywood knockoff. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Mean Machine never finds a groove. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Mean Machine's tale of a disgraced soccer star who takes charge of a prison team benefits from solid pacing and acting. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: It's mildly entertaining, especially if you find comfort in familiarity. But it's hardly a necessary enterprise. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The only thing that could possibly make them less interesting than they already are is for them to get full montied into a scrappy, jovial team. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: No movement, no yuks, not much of anything. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The formula is familiar but enjoyable. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Circumscribed on one side by its American precursor and on the other by the Ritchie style that Skolnick slavishly imitates. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: The humor is hinged on the belief that knees in the crotch, elbows in the face and spit in the eye are inherently funny. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: You realize that not only is Vinnie Jones no Burt Reynolds ... but, as a source of structured cinematic mayhem anyway, soccer is no football. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Read more

Justine Elias, Village Voice: A minor-league soccer remake of The Longest Yard. Read more