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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes. show more

  • 50
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by Senegalese teens hoping to make it to America for a higher education and an NBA career. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    Elevate works as a sympathetic portrait of cultural adjustment (learning in a nonnative language, sticking to Muslim dietary restrictions), but never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers. show more

  • 75
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Elevate nails the mission, but not the message. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Four years, two continents, and a whole lot of culture shock in the making, Anne Buford's endearing and vibrantly photographed hoop-dreams doc follows a quartet of gifted West African teens from the SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal) as they head to the U.S. on basketball scholarships. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Mr. Fall, a former scout for the Dallas Mavericks, founded the Seeds Academy to nurture his countrymen. His conviction, level gaze and firm eloquence instill pride, drive and determination in his players. Mr. Fall, a coach on the court and in life, is the real champion here. show more

  • 80

    Hoop dreams die hard, and the stories in Elevate are both sobering and thrilling. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day. show more

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