Hoop Dreams Reviews

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 9, 2003
The finest documentary of the 1990s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
November 27, 2002
Fascinating look at the whole culture behind college basketball recruiting. Very well structured and edited.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
Should absolutely thrill fans of basketball and/or documentary filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Novelistic in scope and texture, the film does justice to the complexity of these boys' lives and opens up exciting new possibilities for nonfiction films.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An extraordinarily affecting documentary.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The most powerful movie about sports ever made.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Along the way it becomes a revealing and heartbreaking story about life in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
More of an extended, rousing sociology lesson than anything else, it's also the single most remarkable documentary to come down the pike in a long while. And I'm not even a basektball fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Film making at its absolute best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A film that is so rich, so involving, so compelling... that superlatives seem inadequate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Too long and very self-indulgent, but it's certainly a fine effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A documentary that breathes new life into the subject by showing the everyday reality of that dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a documentary that sustains interest for its entire 174-minute length.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It is not simply a great documentary; it is one of the best films of any kind you will see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This picture has a legitimate dramatic structure that is equally as compelling as a scripted slice of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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