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A fairly enjoyable mixture of Longest Yard ... and the 1999 Guy Ritchie caper Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Dallas Morning News:
Jones helps breathe some life into the insubstantial plot, but even he is overwhelmed by predictability.
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.
It's mildly entertaining, especially if you find comfort in familiarity. But it's hardly a necessary enterprise.
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.
Circumscribed on one side by its American precursor and on the other by the Ritchie style that Skolnick slavishly imitates.
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.
You realize that not only is Vinnie Jones no Burt Reynolds ... but, as a source of structured cinematic mayhem anyway, soccer is no football.