There's a sugar coating to the way Papale's story unfolds, but not so much that you'll spoil your dinner.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
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 MullerFull Review
When it's good it's very good. When it's bad -- well, it's still pretty good.
-Joanne KaufmanFull Review
Invincible is a working-class jock Cinderella fantasy with the sincerity of a beer commercial, the soul of a Republican incumbent, and the designer-flannel esthetics of an old Bruce Springsteen video.
-Geoff PevereFull Review
It may not break new ground, but Invincible is an entertaining film, awash in cliches but leavened by the charismatic performance of Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
What's modestly refreshing about the way this story is told by director Eric Core and writer Brad Gann, is that the person with the largest doubts about going pro is Papele himself.
-Richard SchickelFull Review
It's a hard-earned humanity that gives Invincible its vigor.
-Ted FryFull Review
The movie is shamelessly manipulative.
-Ruthe SteinFull Review
It has been done so many times, and so often by Disney, that the real surprise in a movie like this is when it does manage to surprise.
-Roger MooreFull Review
A generic series of pep talks and rock-pumped montages. The only thing missing is a Rocky shot of the character racing up steps.
-Lisa RoseFull Review
Wahlberg and his co-stars, including love interest Elizabeth Banks, really seem to believe in the story, with a grave intensity that enhances its underdog appeal.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
Invincible is one gigantic pile of cornball cliches, but there's no denying the movie works you over anyway.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
As much as I wanted to root for Invincible, its protagonist comes across as neither ebullient nor vivacious.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Invincible is as much a period piece as it is a sports movie, complete with a non-stop soundtrack of familiar hits that, unfortunately, makes one think of That '70s Show a little too often
-Jennie PunterFull Review
They're [Disney] not looking to make a complex, textured analysis of competition and ambition here, they just want a football movie that ends with the audience cheering for the hero.
-Tom LongFull Review
For a movie about following your dreams, this one is sorely lacking imagination.
-Terry LawsonFull Review
If it doesn't score a lot of extra points for originality, it at least makes it across the goal line without too many fumbles.
The most remarkable accomplishment of Invincible is to make a mid-'70s musical soundtrack sound spectacular.
-Michael BoothFull Review
The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who improbably won a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Wahlberg and the rest of the solid cast sell this ESPN equivalent of a Lifetime movie.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
There's a danger in reducing pictures like this to the sum of their lessons, at the expense of recognizing them as satisfying, if flawed, genre exercises.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
Disney's latest sports-underdog movie is the true story of a part-time bartender (Mark Wahlberg) who realizes his dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.
With Invincible -- hero-worship and unimaginative storytelling have caused the project to strike a sour note.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Unlike most 'feel-good' films in this genre, Invincible isn't blatantly manipulative, and works so well because it is, in fact, understated.
-Stephen WilliamsFull Review
There's too much slow-mo and too many music cues, but there's a low-key buzz to Wahlberg's scenes with Greg Kinnear, who plays newcomer coach Dick Vermeil.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
Invincible is an uplift-the-neighborhood, stand-up-and-cheer, go-Eagles inspirational story about the little energizer that could.
Ultimately, the movie fulfills its mission, which is to fire up viewers with its can-do attitude.
If you want to see a really good inspirational movie about football, try Remember the Titans. But if you want to see a movie about bad '70s hair and tiresome sports-movie cliches, Invincible is all yours.
-Eleanor Ringel GillespieFull Review