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Green Street Hooligans (2005)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Sport

Taglines: Stand Your Ground

Director: Lexi Alexander

Writers: Dougie Brimson, Josh Shelov, Lexi Alexander

Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, ...

Unjustly expelled from Harvard when a stash of cocaine is found in his possession, Matt moves to London to live with his sister and her husband Steve. He is quickly introduced to Steve's chirpy, cock-sure younger brother Pete. Initially, Pete is reluctant to get acquainted with Matt and allow him to tread around the capital city with him because he may be seen by others as an 'outsider', but after a heavy drinking session with him and his mates he quickly changes his opinion of him. On the way back from a football match, Matt is viciously accosted by a gang of Birmingham City thugs, until Pete and his friends step in and save him. It is from here that Matt learns the truth about Pete and his friends- they are football hooligans, operating the GSE (Green Street Elite) 'firm.' Initially afraid of the violence, Matt soon ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends - but as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating ...

88 | Roger Ebert

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.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

80 | Don R. Lewis

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.
Read More: Film Threat

75 | Kyle Smith

Director and co-writer Lexi Alexander choreographs the fight scenes with thrilling chaos, and the plot unfolds expertly if melodramatically.
Read More: New York Post

75 | G. Allen Johnson

Terrific.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

75 | Wesley Morris

The movie, though, is nonsense. At its most credible, the story evokes fond memories of the adult drug narcs hiding among American high schoolers on ''21 Jump Street."
Read More: Boston Globe

70 | Joe Leydon

Unvarnished verisimilitude, visceral impact and vividly evoked emotional and physical extremes distinguish Hooligans, the impressive debut feature by German-born helmer Lexi Alexander.
Read More: Variety

70 | Scott Foundas

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.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

67 | Marc Savlov

At its best when it goes down to the pub and captures, quite flawlessly, the grotty intoxication of these mad, bad, dangerous-to-know Hammers fans hoisting incalculable pints.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

67 | Shawn Levy

It's a handsome and spry movie, and it might even have managed to be a good one if there were even the least chance of believing that Wood, who can't weigh 145 pounds dripping wet, had the slightest chance of hurting anyone with one of his wee fists.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

63 | Jami Bernard

Wood is compelling, but Charlie Hunnam ("Nicholas Nickleby") is the one to watch.
Read More: New York Daily News

50 | John DeFore

Viewers hoping to understand the senseless phenomenon of football hooliganism would do better to rent Alan Clarke's nearly 20-year-old "The Firm."
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

50 | Nathan Rabin

It loses its superficial charm during a labored third act that gets bogged down in tired, groan-inducing subplots.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | Peter L'Official

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.
Read More: Village Voice

50 | Manohla Dargis

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.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | Kevin Thomas

Serves up a lot of bone-crushing violence in an offbeat context with considerable style and energy, but the steady diet of brutal street fighting makes it all but impossible to connect with this picture, despite whatever visceral appeal it may offer.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

50 | J.R. Jones

The gentle Wood isn't very convincing as a bare-knuckle brawler (which bodes ill for his forthcoming role as Iggy Pop), and the movie settles into a payback soap opera reminiscent of "West Side Story."
Read More: Chicago Reader

50 | Luke Y. Thompson

The world of football riots seems rife with potential for the big screen, but Green Street Hooligans only periodically rises to it.
Read More: Dallas Observer

50 | Steven Rea

A silly melodrama.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

42 | Sean Axmaker

It becomes simply another banal gang film so familiar and predictable you have to wonder why so much potential is wasted on such a confused dramatic mess.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

40 | Chris Hewitt (1)

A surprisingly rose-tinted look at a subculture that really should have been stamped out some time ago.
Read More: Empire

38 | Michael Phillips

This is "Fight Club" without the irony or the metaphysical gaming.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

30 | Desson Thomson

Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed "Deliverance."
Read More: Washington Post