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Head Games


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving sports violence and injuries.

PG-13 In Theaters 09/21/2012 , 91min.
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September 24, 2012
I'm a neuroscientist. This film is spot-on. Head trauma in sports is unnecessary.

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Parents could be making their kids wear helmets to the library by the conclusion of helmer Steve James' science-and-sports docu Head Games, which scores solid hits on everyone from the NFL down to peewee hockey as it links contact sports, concussions and those calling for widespread reformation of the nation's athletic philosophies and priorities. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Head Games gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") has a worthy message, but never makes the case that he needs an entire documentary to deliver it. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary. Full Review
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
While Steve James's documentary is persuasive on an informational level, it doesn't do enough to explore the human side of its subject matter. Full Review

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