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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Entertaining and compelling. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Superb, ultimately exhilarating account of Coney Island basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Lincoln High. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A highly satisfying documentary tracking the hoop dreams of basketball bright light Sebastian Telfair as he made that rare leap from high school all-star to NBA draft pick. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's hard to blame Telfair for letting his celebrity go to his head. If I were on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the 12th grade, there'd be no living with me either. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's a pleasure to see the articulate, disciplined Telfair succeed where so many other young men have failed, but ultimately his path to success is so smoothly upbeat that there isn't much urgency to it. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Fails to show indignation that rich white guys are trying to get even richer at the expense of a naive black kid from the ghetto. show more

  • 40
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Through the Fire is a fraud masquerading as a documentary. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    An up-close, engaging and ultimately moving look at Telfair's family, his final high-school season and his decision to forsake college for the NBA. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Behind the cheering and popping flashbulbs of Through the Fire lurks another, much darker movie, one that questions the relationship between sneaker manufacturers and financially deprived kids with exceptional talent. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    Though some will see this fast-paced film as proof that hoop dreams really can come true, the real strength of Through the Fire lies in its careful, often indirect questioning of the moral universe of professional sports and big-money endorsements. show more

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