Linsanity Reviews

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Kam Williams
AALBC.com
September 10, 2014
A moving biopic about a humble underdog who surmounted overwhelming odds with the help of family, friends and a strong faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 30, 2014
Not just for the fans, the doc presents an entertaining and thoughtful story of racial minded America and the effect it has had on the struggle and the success of Jeremy Lin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
If you're a fan of Jeremy Lin, it's unlikely to tell you anything you don't already know, though it may give you a few new moments over which you can coo, "Aw, look at him! Isn't he just a great person?"
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
February 11, 2014
Thoughtful sports docu will inspire young basketball fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 24, 2014
Linsanity offers lots for b-ball fans, but also has a higher purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Berry
National Post
January 23, 2014
It's pretty much just trekking through the territory that got written up in all those game day reviews.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 23, 2014
At age 25, the likable and surprisingly humble Lin has so little career behind him and, his fans hope, so much more ahead, that his onscreen soul searching about lost opportunities and early missed dreams rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
January 9, 2014
Doesn't really do anything too unorthodox, but the production values are stellar, and this wouldn't feel especially out of place as a 30 for 30
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Baker
Oregonian
November 6, 2013
A nice movie about a nice guy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 31, 2013
Even casual basketball fans will welcome the upbeat against-all-odds scenario.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 10, 2013
A little game footage can go a long way; and a lot of game footage, no matter how good, goes a very long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 9, 2013
Commingling tabloid frenzy, familial roots, underdog uplift, racial identity and nose-to-the-grindstone doggedness, Linsanity is a film with lots on its mind but a solid vision as to the interwoven elements of Lin's astounding tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 7, 2013
Unchallenging but exciting and enjoyable, an underdog story with a relatively happy ending.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 4, 2013
As a piece of filmmaking, Linsanity is scattershot and too reliant on newsreels. And the interviews, most of all with the religiously devout Lin are, alas, fairly unrevealing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 4, 2013
Leong's film isn't particularly stylish, but it makes the most of the climactic Knicks footage, as well as showcasing a sweetly goofy side of the 25-year-old ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2013
You may have watched Lin's rise to national prominence the first time, but it's still easy to get caught up in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
October 3, 2013
Lin raised his game's possibilities; you just wish that Mr. Leong had raised his.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2013
A plethora of Lin family home-video clips, riveting archival and Leong-shot footage ... help tell the icon's remarkable story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2013
Banal and fawning, with Lin coming off as a pious, charmless subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2013
Linsanity doesn't -- and shouldn't -- hide its star's religious beliefs. But the doc should have the courage to explore them.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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