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Pele Birth of a LegendThe film depicts the Brazilian football legend Pelé's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading to Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 under guidance from manager Vicente Feola.Keywords:
Actors of "Pele Birth of a Legend"
Characters of "Pele Birth of a Legend"
Directors of "Pele Birth of a Legend"Jeff ZimbalistMichael Zimbalist
Creators of "Pele Birth of a Legend"Jeff ZimbalistMichael Zimbalist
Critic Reviews of "Pele Birth of a Legend"Chicago ReaderJune 02, 2016
This cable-ready biopic of the Brazilian soccer star covers the eight years leading up to his triumphant performance at the 1958 World Cup finals.Seattle TimesMay 26, 2016
"Pelé" is hagiography. But appealing hagiography.Washington PostMay 19, 2016
The story of Brazilian soccer's ascension to the world stage is a remarkable one, and the film would have benefitted if the Zimbalists had found a way to add a bit of depth - or even doubt - to the legend.San Diego ReaderMay 19, 2016
The rags to riches story of the first 17 years in the life of soccer superstar Pelé are covered in this painfully routine biopic.TheWrapMay 18, 2016
It's as if Pelé is no longer a flesh-and-blood character, but a cog in an inspiration machine that pumps out manufactured conflict and expected victory.RogerEbert.comMay 13, 2016
Between the whitewashing factors and the very familiar narrative beats, there's a lot of this movie that's not much more than a tolerable drag.El Pais (Spain)January 03, 2017
A documentary that abuses circus juggling, ending with the absurd effort to ridicule certain aspects of the player. [Full review in Spanish]Cinemanía (Spain)September 28, 2016
A social and sporting claim for the disheartened state of Brazilian football. [Full review in Spanish]Blog de cineJune 27, 2016
Not one of those horrible biopics we've seen lately, but nothing that stands out either. [Full review in Spanish]Cinemalogue.comJune 17, 2016
Soccer fans won't get a kick from this lackluster biopic of one of the game's all-time greats.EricDSnider.comMay 25, 2016
When the movie is only 22 minutes old the first time it depicts a crowd chanting Pelé's name, be glad it showed some restraint and waited that long.Deseret News, Salt Lake CityMay 20, 2016
It is a portrait of a player and his country, and even if the film takes a conventional route to its destination, fans of the game should still enjoy it.
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