Head Games Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 22, 2012

A timely exploration of the damage done to people in spectator sports just one step above what took place in the coliseums of another Empire in its decline.

John Anderson
Variety
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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.

Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 20, 2012

An important film that every athlete - or parent of an athlete - should see.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

"Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Engber
Slate
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

It hides more than it shows, and makes a cloudy story into something way too simple.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

A complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels ...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

James has a worthy message, but never makes the case that he needs an entire documentary to deliver it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

[A] powerful documentary about the devastating effects of head injuries in sports.

Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

As awareness increases and the dangers become harder to deny, the lingering question is this: How much will games allow themselves to be changed?

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 19, 2012

While Head Games does feature a number of articulate and consistently intelligent talking-head interviews, it's ultimately not a satisfying advocacy doc.

Scott Weinberg
Twitch
September 19, 2012

Required viewing for parents of children who play "hard-contact" sports, to say nothing of those kids themselves.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Singer
Time Out New York
Top Critic
September 19, 2012

The results are, cinematically speaking, a little diffuse, but any parent who's contemplating whether they should sign their kids up for Pop Warner this fall may want to watch this first.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2012

While Steve James's doc is persuasive on an informational level, it doesn't do enough to explore the human side of its subject matter.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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