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  1. rogerio.giugliano@gmail.com's rating of the film The Second Game

    Ao começar achei que não chegaria ao final. Achei interessante o futebol com pitadas de história contemporânea.

  2. chryzsh's rating of the film The Second Game

    The premise is interesting, but the execution is flawed

  3. L'immoralistee's rating of the film The Second Game

  4. Sin título.'s rating of the film The Second Game

    Explota de manera creativa ese valor de producción existente en la vida del director y convierte una plática cualquiera de partido clásico de fútbol en una crónica sobre el régimen y la violencia de un país a través de los ojos de un padre que justifica ante su hijo sus decisiones profesionales de hace casi 30 años.

  5. David R Williams's rating of the film The Second Game

    Three stars for the concept but I was pretty much bored to death.

  6. Zoe Ormonde's rating of the film The Second Game

    Interesting concept, but I wish there had been more substance to the film. I would have liked to have heard them talk more about what it was like to play football in Romania during Ceausescu's time, for example.

  7. Max Seqgar's rating of the film The Second Game

    The idea of it is brilliant, but at the end the son-interviewer does not lead the conversation, so we're left with a few interesting comments on the politics of soccer/sports and the desire for more!!! Not even a bloody goal frkrystsakes!!!

  8. msmichel's rating of the film The Second Game

    Former football referee Porumboiu sr. sits with his film director son and watches a game he called between the army team and not so secret police team from the 80's. Minimalist to the extreme but interesting and knowing in a subtle way.

  9. Jason's rating of the film The Second Game

    Can you even begin to fathom how brilliant this enacted idea is? This postcard has arrived just in time to be read over the Porumboius' shoulders by anybody with even a cursory interest in the 20th century ... and, you know, art.

  10. Sprungler's rating of the film The Second Game

    This film underlines two of the most popular Romanian 'myths': football and communist-era. The punch line is that none of these are actually myths, but every Romanian seems to be an expert in these fields. In a way, this film can be interpreted as a challenge to every person's simple way of spending leisure time, although its protagonists are the famous referee/manager Adrian Porumboiu and his even more famous son.

  11. Clay_Carter's rating of the film The Second Game

    As if miming the eventual score of the derby, the father and son end their conversation in definitive stalemate, though it's uncertain whether their back-and-forth actually transcended into the realm of high art I think the director intended. I can give it two stars: one for the absolute nuance of such a project, the earnestness captured despite its prosaic digressions. The second for the recomposed Vivaldi.

  12. Waffle Burger's rating of the film The Second Game

  13. Shane Ewen's rating of the film The Second Game

    The fundamental problem with this film is that the match it shows, in real time pace, is appallingly dull. As others have said, it raises sporadic interest about corruption, cronyism, censorship & sportsmanship in late Communist Romania, but has nothing to sustain it. Watch Police, Adjective for a better film from the same director, although equally slow paced.

  14. Hussein Nassereddine's rating of the film The Second Game

    really interesting concept, at one point the attention just shifts from the players and the game, towards the insignificance of the whole thing. "football, like many other things are consumed directly, you have to eat it now, no one will care about the game, no one will watch this film". Fresh, and amazingly boring. very good overall.

  15. Bernardo Anderson's rating of the film The Second Game

    Interesting concept for a film, and at times it delivers. But overall I thought that there wasn't enough content to sustain the whole game.

  16. raggiodisole's rating of the film The Second Game

    Much for the football fan and historian to study and enjoy, but little for the film buff to gorge upon.. It would be very fair to say, therefore, that I am two-thirds happy:)

  17. Ben Loory's rating of the film The Second Game

    This has gotta set some kind of record for least effort ever put into the making of a feature film. Still though, it's better than DePalma's Redacted.

  18. jamesey's rating of the film The Second Game

    As a soccer fan, this was fascinating. As a dabbler in history, this was great. I absolutely loved it, but I can definitely understand how it would be miserable if you dont like the sport. A similar film about baseball would put me to sleep.

  19. Richard Doyle's rating of the film The Second Game

    The director and his dad watch a Romanian soccer game from the 80s that his dad refereed. No, seriously ... that's it. The first half hour is fairly interesting since it deals with some of the politics surrounding soccer in Communist Romania (the game was essentially the secret police playing the army), but after that ...

  20. Konstantin Lazorkin's rating of the film The Second Game

    there are better films to see for 97 min of your life

  21. smndvdcl's rating of the film The Second Game

    A unique documentary premise that highlights the value of spectating sport anachronistically. The autobiographical element to commentary is intriguing, the context of a match in the snow a rarity, the comparison between present day football and 80s matches, an intriguing curiosity, the "let them play" attitude to reffing, ideologically profound, and the game's innate inactivity one of its paradoxical USP's. Poetry.

  22. factorfifty's rating of the film The Second Game

    Better than The Football League Show

  23. saitosouta's rating of the film The Second Game

    This is Mystery Science Theater 3000 : Romanian New Wave Special. Ultimately minimal, surprisingly funny. But this is less funny than "Asylum (2014)" in same style. Watch "Asylum". (MUBI)

  24. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Second Game

    There's no there there.

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