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Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.
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What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen.
What's lost in translation is recovered easily enough in Michael Sheen's astonishing performance as Clough.
Avoids all sports movie cliches, even the obligatory ending where the team comes from behind.
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