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Hoop Dreams Reviews

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Cole Smithey

Steve James's remarkable example of cinéma vérité tells the problematic journey of high school basketball stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers growing up in Chicago ghettos.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

July 16, 2013
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It slam-dunks documentaries that are so close-up to their subjects they cannot note the irony of adult commercialism and hard-sell hoopla overwhelming barely literate kids.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 7, 2011
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Epic is a word that suits Hoop Dreams well: The film seems to encompass not just a few individuals' stories, but draw archetypes out of them to personify the larger world around.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 5/5

January 24, 2011
Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Stunning documentary, great for older kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It's about three hours long. But it moves like Isiah, fast and smooth, and it's over in a heartbreak.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 3, 2008
David Ansen
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Hoop Dreams has shown us that the rules of the game are stacked against kids like Gates and Agee. Even better, it shows us how they fight back, with the inside moves of hope.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

March 31, 2008


The result not only follows the lives of the boys as they mature into men, suffering success and disaster along the way, but also provides a picture of tough inner-city life shorn of glamour or unnecessary melodrama.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 24, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Ao acompanharem seis anos das vidas de sua dupla de protagonistas, James e sua equipe criaram um filme revelador, complexo e, acima de tudo, profundamente tocante.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 9, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

It's the closest movie equivalent to the great American novel I've seen in years.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 24, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A heady dose of the American dream and the American nightmare combined -- a numbing investigation of how one point on an exam or one basket or turnover in a game can make all the difference in a family's fortunes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2007
Todd McCarthy
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A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length, Hoop Dreams is a documentary slam dunk.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 21, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

This is the best type of documentary, giving an intensely personal story you can't help but become involved in, and also raises fundamental issues about America in the 90s.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Emanuel Levy

Boasting an epic scale, and a running time to match, this seminal docu, an absorbing anatomy of the American Dream in Chicago's inner-city, has more passion, compassion and suspense than most Hollywood fictional stories.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

July 24, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Steve Crum

Stunning documentary which should have won an Oscar.

| Original Score: 5/5

April 13, 2006
Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
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An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film.

June 8, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This extraordinary movie shattered the illusion, once and for all, that factual films can't be as entertaining as fictional ones.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing

May 26, 2005

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the most widely discussed and well-received documentaries of the decade.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 30, 2003
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly

The viewer, like the boys' parents, coaches and friends, can't help but get caught up in Gates and Agee's dreams.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
Caryn James
New York Times
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The film's great achievement is to reveal the relentless way in which coaches and recruiters refuse to see Arthur and William as anything other than social cliches.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
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