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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The pieces of the drama are put forth like the shapes of the five fingers of a hand, and finally they find a kind of awkward unity that was predictable from the start. And yet, the gesture of it all is utterly captivating, the way a dream would be if it ever really came true. [27 Feb 1987, Daily Datebook, p.74] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In the way it combines sports with human nature, it reminded me of another wonderful Indiana sports movie, "Breaking Away." It's a movie that is all heart. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    There is enough intelligence and craftsmanship in the execution of Hoosiers to make it seem, if not exactly fresh, at least respectably entertaining. [27 Feb 1987, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 63
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Gene Hackman is solid as the hero, and Dennis Hopper does his best screen work ever. [6 Mar 1987, Arts & Leisure, p.23] show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    As manipulative as a charmer with a snake, and twice as much fun... Shameless, yes, but open your eyes, close your mind, sit back and enjoy - 'cause it feels so good. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    The film clearly functions as wish-fulfillment for the kind of people who are nostalgic about all-white basketball, leaving a nasty aftertaste. show more

  • 100
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. [11 Dec 1986, Calendar, p.6-1] show more

  • 100
    Washington Post

    Hackman anchors the movie with a performance of remarkable control. You see his hurt in his glances at his shoes, his little phony chuckle; you can feel him carrying his secret -- it's a rage held together with rubber bands. This is the Hackman of "The Conversation," not "The French Connection." [27 Feb 1987, Style, p.c1] show more

  • 90
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    Yet much of the movie's validity stems from time and place recreated with such authenticity that you can sense the wet chill in the morning air and the new wax pungent on the old gym floor. [27 Feb 1987, Weekend, p.n29] show more

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