For all the personal ties to the material, the film too often reaches for broad-strokes inspiration in a way that feels generic.
Firing on all formulaic cylinders, Gracie is heavy with tidy meaning and mealy morality; the most dubious idea here is that if you don't let a girl play soccer, she just may turn to cigarettes, halter tops, and sex with the starting forward
Modestly engaging but thoroughly predictable.
Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
You miss the knockabout edge of "Bend It Like Beckham" -- though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up.