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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A surprisingly layered portrait. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    What emerges is that Yao is a fascinating individual with great humor and modesty, as well as the potential to be one of the greats. Unfortunately, that's all we really find out about the guy. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Corny as it may sound though, it's all true-except, of course, for that mythical movie last-second championship bit. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Co-directed by James D. Stern (who made another NBA promotional documentary, "Michael Jordan to the Max") and Adam Del Deo, the story of the Americanization of Yao is determinedly upbeat. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A skillful and winning piece of honest booster portraiture. show more

  • 67
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Even if you know or care little about the sport, it's a fascinating saga. show more

  • 70
    Joe Leydon Variety

    Slickly entertaining documentary. show more

  • 70
    Fred Camper Chicago Reader

    Engrossing. show more

  • 60
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    With their fawning documentary Year Of The Yao, directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo unreflectively buy into the spin on charismatic 7'6" basketball center Yao Ming, but on a certain level, who can blame them? show more

  • 50
    Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times

    Provides little insight beyond hanging out with its super-sized star and would not be out of place as halftime filler except for its nearly 90-minute running time. show more

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