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88
Then I realized the movie's point is that someone like this nerdy Harvard boy might be transformed in a fairly short time into a bloodthirsty gang fighter. The message is that violence is hard-wired into men, if only the connection is made.
80
Film Threat
A great film because of it's realism and the ability to show viewers a world that exists even today, but not everyone knows about.
70
Variety
Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
70
L.A. Weekly
Playing something of a cipher who reinvents himself as the occasion demands, Wood is unusually well cast, but it's Hunnam, with a psychotic twinkle in his eye, who turns the movie on whenever he's onscreen.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Viewers hoping to understand the senseless phenomenon of football hooliganism would do better to rent Alan Clarke's nearly 20-year-old "The Firm."
50
The A.V. Club
It loses its superficial charm during a labored third act that gets bogged down in tired, groan-inducing subplots.
50
Village Voice
Hunnam, whose cockney ranges from dodgy to downright Caine-ian, mutes Gary Oldman's bestial mouth-froth (in Clarke's 1988 The Firm), becoming the prettiest, most articulate, bloodthirsty thug ever to put lip to lager.
50
Green Street Hooligans, an accidental advertisement for Alcoholics Anonymous and the somnolent pleasures of cricket that, in the end, is mostly about the pleasures, both visceral and visual, of violence.
40
Empire
A surprisingly rose-tinted look at a subculture that really should have been stamped out some time ago.
38
Chicago Tribune
This is "Fight Club" without the irony or the metaphysical gaming.

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