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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    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. show more

  • 90
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Some of the film's more thought-provoking scenes involves games played at Chicago's Near North Elementary. The players are obviously emulating pro games they've seen on TV. It's not a "game" for them. They go for hard hits. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism. Neither a triumphant underdog like "Rudy" nor a total weepie like "The Pride of the Yankees," Head Games also deals with the illnesses and premature deaths of talented players. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The results are, cinematically speaking, a little diffuse, but any parent who's contemplating whether they should sign their kids up for Pop Warner this fall may want to watch this first. show more

  • 83
    Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist

    It's a deeply humane and moving look at a complex issue that at the very least demands that a conversation begins not about short term fixes, but long term solutions. show more

  • 80
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    It's a complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 70

    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. show more

  • September 24, 2012 penelkuhn
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    I\'m a neuroscientist. This film is spot-on. Head trauma in sports is unnecessary.

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