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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's no denying the exuberant energy and emotional force of this movie. It gets to you. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The end result is an interesting documentary that is as unpolished and gutsy as the championship-caliber high school hoop stars at the other end of his camera. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It captures an authentic feel-good spirit and inspirational message that most Hollywood movies barely approximate. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Serrill has shot and edited The Heart of the Game in straightforward documentary style, with a narration by the rapper and actor Ludacris. But the dramas going on here, on and off the court, more than make up for any lack of flash. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Genuinely touching and unquestionably sincere, the movie certainly has heart - but it could have used a little more game. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Making his feature-length debut after forging a career making socially conscious short films, director Ward Serrill never takes his eye off the ball, maintaining a sharp storytelling focus distilled from those seven years worth of footage. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sports movies have a purity of form. They always end with the big game, in triumph or heartbreak. So does The Heart of the Game, although the lawsuit still hangs over the team after the final free throw. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    If you or any kid over the age of 10 has even a half-interest in the definition of the word "teamwork," as well as the words "real-life suspense," this is the movie. show more

  • 88
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A rousing and mesmerizing documentary. show more

  • 88
    New York Post

    This distaff "Hoop Dreams" is less of an epic than the earlier movie, and less deep, but it's got more sunshine, too. show more

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