"[A] stringent, stirring real-life drama....Directed with smart, documentary-style briskness..."Entertainment Weekly
"One of the best football movies ever, NIGHTS in the end celebrates the game."USA Today
"FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is uplifting and troubling, partly because it is more honest than most sports movies about the high cost and short life span of high school football glory."New York Times
"The FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS team has invested a lot of energy in the authenticity of the on-field action that dominates the film."USA Today
"Thornton gets inside the coach's skin. It's a subtle, soulful performance..."
"The movie's football scenes are both realistic and exciting, with genuine moments of suspense
"Imbued with the aching sadness of an end-of-summer's evening, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has more in common with Peter Bogdanovich's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW...than other American football films..."
Sight and Sound
"[With] hard-tackling action, this is a solid effort from actor-turned-director Peter Berg."