Taika Waititi’s New Sports Movie Earns His Worst Rotten Tomatoes Score Ever

Taika Waititi’s new sports movie, which stars Michael Fassbender as a soccer coach, earns the director his lowest Rotten Tomatoes score yet.

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  • Taika Waititi’s new movie Next Goal Wins receives his worst Rotten Tomatoes score as a director, with a disappointing 41% score.
  • The sports drama, based on a 2014 documentary, stars Michael Fassbender as a soccer coach trying to save the failing American Samoa national team.
  • The only lower score a Waititi movie has ever received was 25% for Green Lantern, in which he was an actor.

Next Goal Wins has earned Taika Waititi his worst Rotten Tomatoes score as a director. The new movie is an inspirational sports drama adapted from the 2014 documentary of the same name. It stars Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen, a down-on-hid-luck soccer coach who attempts to stave off being fired by agreeing to coach the failing American Samoa national team. The ensemble cast of the movie also includes Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, and Elisabeth Moss.

Rotten Tomatoes has now aggregated an official score for Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins. With 102 critics weighing in, the score has been calculated to be a thoroughly Rotten 41%. This is the lowest score for any movie the director has ever helmed. The only lower rating for a project with Waititi attached is the 25% score held by 2011’s Green Lantern, in which he appeared as an actor.

Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen looking stressed in Next Goal Wins

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Source: Rotten Tomatoes

  • Next Goal Wins Movie Poster 2023

    Next Goal Wins

    Release Date:

    Taika Waititi

    Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, Kaimana


    97 Minutes

    Comedy, Drama, Sports

    Taika Waititi, Iain Morris


    Next Goal Wins is a sports-comedy film based on a documentary of the same name released in 2014. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film takes a more comical approach to the story of one coach’s attempt to take the American Samoa national football team, considered the worst in the world, to the FIFA World Cup.

    Story By:
    Mike Brett, Steve Jamison

    Imaginarium Productions

    Searchlight Pictures

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