Gunnin' for That #1 Spot Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 27, 2009
The extraordinary athleticism and skills of these teenagers, all prime prospects for eventual NBA stardom, makes this a game you really want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 28, 2008
Spot provides the basics with foot-tapping, head-bobbing flamboyance, providing the viewer with a serious helping of heart, soul, and scorching basketball action blended up into a taut, explosive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
October 13, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Total Film
October 10, 2008
OK, so it's not quite as searching as Hoop Dreams, but it's hugely enjoyable all the same and boasts - as you'd expect - a terrific soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
October 10, 2008
At the heart of everything there's Yauch, directing with remarkable authority for someone who's pretty new to the director's chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 10, 2008
A spunky, impassioned and resourceful doc on the cutthroat world of US college basketball made for a pittance by Adam Yauch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine
October 10, 2008
As a tribute to the game and its accessibility to all, Gunnin' is hard to beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times
July 11, 2008
In the opening section of the film, we get to know them through interviews, game footage and scenes of family life. It's here where the film shines, giving us a glimpse into what it's like for young athletes being groomed for the NBA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2008
It's a fly-on-the-wall look at eight prodigiously talented kids hooking up to play ball in the big city, and as such, it's a great deal of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2008
A funkier, shallower version of 1994's Hoop Dreams, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's doc follows eight high school basketball phenoms as they head to Harlem's asphalt mecca, Rucker Park, to take part in 2006's Elite 24 tournament.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Armond White
New York Press
July 2, 2008
Gunnin' is everything the fatuous, condescending Hoop Dreams was not.
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
June 30, 2008
Shining a light on eight of the brightest stars in American high school basketball, Gunnin' for That #1 Spot is a refreshing and thrilling reminder of why we watch and why they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2008
I daresay the results would inspire Eisenstein himself to proffer an affirming nod from the great beyond.
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
June 27, 2008
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot is a basketball documentary where the climactic game looks like a Hong Kong wire-fu epic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 27, 2008
The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
A cool look at superstars-to-be paying respect to Harlem's Rucker Park on their path to hoops greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Director Adam Yauch tricks up this eclectic look at all-star high school basketball with so much cool high-def camera work and showy editing it's sure to satisfy the film's target youth audience's appetite for zippy visuals and swift pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
June 27, 2008
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch shoots and scores with this documentary that follows eight elite high-school basketball players showcasing their skills along with 16 other prospects in an all-star game at Harlem's (in)famous Rucker Park court.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
June 27, 2008
Call it Hoop Daydreams: a whiz-bang frolic through the lives and skills of eight high-school basketball players who dribble, pass and shoot their way into the ultimate city-park game.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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