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The 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.
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Washington Post
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.
May 19, 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.
May 25, 2016
El Pais (Spain)
A documentary that abuses circus juggling, ending with the absurd effort to ridicule certain aspects of the player. [Full review in Spanish]
January 03, 2017
Soccer fans won't get a kick from this lackluster biopic of one of the game's all-time greats.
June 17, 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.
May 13, 2016
Blog de cine
Not one of those horrible biopics we've seen lately, but nothing that stands out either. [Full review in Spanish]
June 27, 2016
San Diego Reader
The rags to riches story of the first 17 years in the life of soccer superstar Pelé are covered in this painfully routine biopic.
May 19, 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.
May 18, 2016
Chicago Reader
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.
June 02, 2016
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