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Based on 10 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The perfect answer to cries of "I'm bored," Marshall Curry's outstanding documentary won't just entertain your family for a little while. It'll also inspire everyone to get back outside, and find a new passion. show more

  • 85
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Slick without feeling over-determined, Racing Dreams evokes -- just as, oddly enough, "Toy Story 3" does -- the more general feeling of childhood on the precipice. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    It’s a darned entertaining way to get a handle on a sport that can seem like a bunch of cars doing circles for a crowd that seems most interested in seeing that next epic wreck. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Poised between childhood and adolescence, arrogance and insecurity, the kids still make for compelling subjects. show more

  • 60
    Steve Ramos Boxoffice Magazine

    Curry also emphasizes the human drama of the kid drivers who face their own distinct challenges and setbacks in order to become champions. show more

  • 75
    Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times

    It can get a bit redundant but always remains interesting, as young lives take shape on an asphalt oval. show more

  • 90
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    One of the rare documentaries you leave wishing it was a little bit longer. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    No less than for the black inner-city teens of "Hoop Dreams," cash is the name of the game in Curry's fascinating doc, even as the kids' motivation remains a pure love of the sport. show more

  • 80
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    The film doesn't always follow up on its more interesting issues: safety, technique, financial hardship, even the sport's history. But the emotional dynamics of its trio of formative hopefuls, and their touching relationships with the parents or guardians who work hard at enabling their passion, set a solid pace. show more

  • 80
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    The perceptively balanced "Dreams" transitions seamlessly from domestic drama to 70-mph heats. show more

  • May 19, 2010 LiteraryReviewer
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    What a terrific movie! We were intrigued by the trailer and poster, so we were pleased to get passes to the premier in Charlotte Tuesday night. The film is a real crowd pleaser and very inspiring. It should be well received by all sorts of audiences, not just "acing fans in the same vein that ROCKY was not just for boxing fans. We agree with the reviews: this is the best documentary of the year by far, as well as the best family film and the best overall movie in theaters!

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