Head Games (2012)



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From acclaimed director Steve James, Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport. Inspired by events from the book 'Head Games' written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving sports violence and injuries)
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Nowinski
In Theaters:
Box Office: $14.1k
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Critic Reviews for Head Games

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

It's solid and interesting work in the main, but Head Games can't help but feel like a come-down after The Interrupters.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Director Steve James centers this documentary on Nowinski, but there are affecting profiles of various NFL and NHL veterans who are living with the damage -- or may have died from it.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of the more fascinating aspects of a thoroughly entertaining movie is how incomprehensible James' proposed changes are in a country where many would list their necessities as food, shelter and Monday Night Football.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Top Critic

Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The film struggles with the contradiction of knowing the serious risks while enjoying the games as participant and spectator.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Head Games


A must see for sports fans and anyone who's curious about the effects of concussions.

Wu Chouin

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