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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Dower & Paul Crowder

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About the Movie

When the world's most celebrated soccer star, the Brazilian champion Pele, signed with the N.Y. Cosmos in 1975, the once ignored North American Soccer League became a hit with both fans and the media. The players—including Pele—became the toast of the town, earning their own private table at Studio 54. This documentary looks at the team's remarkable history and includes interviews with many of the Cosmos' star players.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Giddy, gossipy and endearingly unslick, Once in a Lifetime chronicles the rise and fall of the most famous soccer team in the United States with slapdash glee. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Lively, free-wheeling amusement. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: Far more entertaining than it has a right to be. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie is only so-so, borrowing a little from the VH-1 school of popumentary but lacking the snazzy production values. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

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