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70

Metascore

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100
Chicago Tribune
There isn't a bad performance here, but besides Thornton, Luke stands out.
88
One of the best football movies ever, Nights in the end celebrates the game.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A smart, sharp, stirring adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger best-seller.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie demonstrates the power of sports to involve us; we don't live in Odessa and are watching a game played 16 years ago, and we get all wound up.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Thornton, giving a splendid, disciplined performance, seamlessly shapes his coach into a believable man of quality rather than star-size charisma.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights. Berg and cinematographer Tobias Schliessler get up close to the action, catching the hits and miscues in all their violent urgency.
75
Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance in a movie that otherwise goes for the jugular.
75
Compelling.
75
New York Daily News
Rousing, action-packed.
75
It also bears something you rarely experience in a football movie. Friday Night Lights has a soul.
70
Wall Street Journal
For all its energy, fine performances and dramatic confrontations, Friday Night Lights substitutes intensity for insight, dodging the book's harsher findings like a dazzling broken-field runner.

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