Time Out says
Subsequent events will only spring surprises for those who find ‘Roy of the Rovers’ comics too cerebral, but the movie’s utterly shameless predictability is slightly offset by a certain amount of gruff Geordie humour, courtesy of screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (veterans of ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’ and ‘The Likely Lads’). Indeed, the performances from paternally wily manager Marcel Iures and Alessandro Nivola’s overpaid, under-performing England star are so well observed they almost deserve to be in a movie that doesn’t stoop to toe-curling cameos from Messrs Beckham, Zidane and Raúl. Elsewhere, the combination of button-pushing uplift, sundry sweeping helicopter shots and a bombastic score that sounds like it came on a free transfer from a Tony Scott movie proves as resistibly synthetic as the CGI-enhanced heroics on the pitch, but the movie must be pulling some sort of trickery by succeeding in having us care, albeit briefly, for the fortunes of Newcastle United.
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