"The beauty of the movie, except all the funny and lovely interviews mixed with football goodies, is that an, if not unknown, but less told side of Zlatan Ibrahimovic personality steps forward. It’s about how much he has been affected of other people throughout the years. He is described in the media almost always as a person who walks his own path. But here it’s clear how important other football players and coaches has been for his development."
Kommunal Arbetaren, Feb 15: Dokumentär i regi av Fredrik och Magnus Gertten
"Zlatan evokes emotions all the time, that’s why it such rewarding making this movie. The paradox is that you can read about him in the paper every day, we see all this goals, and still we’re curious about him, he’s still a mystery."
Dagens Nyheter, Feb 15: Zlatan, två bröder och en berättelse om ensamhet
“It was a time when we could hang out with Zlatan in the changing rooms and follow him closely. That window is closed now, today he’s on the top of the mountain and out of reach for all of us, says Magnus Gertten.”
Allehanda, Feb 16: Ung och sårbar Zlatan i ny film
"We at Cosmo can’t say more than that this is worth seeing (you don’t need to be a football fan to understand the movie!), and that goosebumps, tears and laughter is promised! We get to see everything from a guy talking about love, to how he’s mistreated by media and other sport colleagues during the young years. It’s hard not to be swept away by his life, his story and the journey to where he is today.
If you should see one movie only this year, it’s definitely this one. GOD BLESS IBRA, that’s the only thing we can say. 🙌"
Cosmopolitan, Feb 10: "Den unge Zlatan" – Filmen du absolut måste se i år
"When I sat down in the theater it felt like I travelled back to the time when one of Sweden’s biggest football players waited to explode. A time when no one except himself realised how good he was - and would become. The movie show how Zlatan was lonely and frustrated, but still is leaving every battle with victory."
-Aftonbladet Sport, Feb 09: Öppen berättelse om riktig vinnare (4 out of 5 stars)
“The strength in “Becoming Zlatan” is that the story affects you both if you are a football supporter or not. It’s a story about a teenager growing up and becoming a man, a story showing that success is not only a walk in the park. It becomes an important message for all young people growing up in todays Sweden and at the same time an exciting story about who Zlatan was before the whole world knew about him.”
-FilmFenix, Feb 16: Den unge Zlatan
"This is the movie about how the super talented youngster Zlatan becomes the superstar Zlatan.
It is also a movie about love.
And it’s divinely beautiful as such. In my opinion the best that’s been made about swedish football’s biggest.
The thing that fascinates me the most is how deeply we get to know Zlatan. And this time it’s not a sanitized truth. It’s not his own truth through a book or an app. The question is if he would like the movie himself. Or if he would think that the viewer gets too close. I would guess the later."
-Expressen, Feb 09: "Den unge Zlatan" berör – på riktigt
“It started with us smiling and laughing, like we so often do in the company of Zlatan. Then the story hits us, the one that’s so close but also so far away, like a punch in the gut, and it’s of course a very conscious emotional knock the Gertten brothers wants to give.”
The prominent Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan had this to say about the film
You can read the whole review here.