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Invincible

  • Rated PG

drama, sports


INVINCIBLE is the inspiring true story of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who, against extraordinary odds, gets a one-in-a-gazillion shot at living every sports fan's wildest fantasy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    71%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 10
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes gritty scenes of South Philly in the 1970s, when jobs were scarce, strikes were rampant, and times were desperate. There are also references to the death of Frank's wife. There's some mild profanity, smoking, drinking, and sports violence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how our spirit and determination can get us through the rough patches. How do you handle it when it seems like the world is plotting against you? Should you give up when things aren't looking good? Should you let others give up? How did playing on the Eagles help Vince overcome his doubts about his own abilities?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    71%
    reviews counted: 29
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: As much as I wanted to root for Invincible, its protagonist comes across as neither ebullient nor vivacious.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 25, 2006

Rotten: Even Papale's most famous play, recovering a fumble to set up a touchdown, is embellished, as if Disney can't bear to stick with the facts.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Friday, August 25, 2006

Fresh: It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in clichs but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, August 25, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly, Melissa Demyan, Steve Staiger, Vincent Riviezzo Director: Ericson Core Summary: Devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) has just lost his wife and his job as a substitute teacher. But by impressing his favorite NFL team's coach in open tryouts and winning a place on the field, he turns a terrible year into a winner. My Thoughts: "I really love football movies, being a football fan and all, but this movie was just OK for me. The acting was good. The story line was good. Its based on a true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Eagles football team as a 30 yr-old. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team. I just think there could have been more story. But it was a good decent football movie."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, September 22, 2011

3 stars

Invincible is yet another feel good inspiring true story about an underdog who succeeds at doing something big. The story is about Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale who has a chance to become a player of the Eagles after Eagles coach Dick Vermeil holds open try outs. Invincible as a film doesn't do anything new to the already familiar "inspiring" film formula, but it's still nonetheless a good film to watch. The acting is fairly good, and the story is still very engaging despite it's the type of story we've seen a hundred times before. The film does manage to make the viewer root for Vince Papale as realizes his dream and you feel good by the time the credits role. But like I said, it navigates the usual territory that all "inspiring' films take. The film is unfortunately predictable, and you know right off the bat that it will end on a high note. That's the only problem with these films, is that they to be the same, and all of them are predictable. But they always tend to be effective at entertaining you, and in the end, that's what counts. Though it's predictable, the story and acting are terrific, and this is a memorable feel good film that everyone, especially Football fans will enjoy. There are some solid performances by Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. Invincible may not do anything new, but it manages to a worthwhile view nonetheless. A well made film that can inspire anyone.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, August 31, 2011

4 stars

Another biographic on American football since Gridiron Gang, but this is really magnificent true story of a dedicated fan who puts everything on the line to live the ultimate sports fantasy: playing for his favourite pro team. Mark Wahlberg makes an awesome performance as the league's oldest rookie who becomes a legend of the late 1970s.

- deano, Friday, April 1, 2011