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  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Leong is a San Francisco native, and the documentary has a strong local feel. Lin's high school basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock and his shooting coach Doc Scheppler are interviewed extensively, as are both parents and Lin's brothers. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This nothing-new-here documentary presents basketball’s onetime celebrity point guard in unguarded moments. But the result is banal and fawning, with Lin coming off as a pious, charmless subject. show more

  • 70
    Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter

    Linsanity reaffirms that the best sports stories originate with dimensional, relatable subjects who earn respect and admiration through their personal struggles and triumphs. show more

  • 63
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Leong’s film isn’t particularly stylish, but it makes the most of the climactic Knicks footage, as well as showcasing a sweetly goofy side of the 25-year-old, now playing for the Houston Rockets. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong, who began following Lin when he played for Harvard, also emphasizes the importance of Lin’s tight bonds with his family and the importance of his evangelical Christianity (“I only play for God,” Lin says). show more

  • 50
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Lively, if overlong, documentary. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The interpolations of "heavenly" sequences of Jeremy Lin playing basketball against CGI backdrops offer a hokey visual analogue for the intersection of faith and sports in his life. show more

  • 60
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    While it’s a shame Leong couldn’t find a fresher approach to Lin’s story—and that he left out any postscript about his struggles the following season in Houston—he does well in setting the stakes. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    [An] enjoyable documentary. show more

  • 70
    Justin Chang Variety

    Evan Jackson Leong’s film makes the most of its superior access and exciting basketball footage, overcoming repetitive stretches by sheer dint of a tremendous underdog story. show more

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