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Michael Jordan to the Max Reviews

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Mike Scott

A fantastic portrayal of His Airness' on-court heroics -- not to mention visually stunning

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2011
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What's the difference between documentary and hagiography? Directors James Stern and Don Kempf don't seem to have given the matter much thought.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2007
Robert Koehler
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An honorific but unmoving portrait of the Chicago Bulls' No. 23.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 21, 2007
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Unlike Michael Jordan, this large-format movie demonstrates mostly unrealized potential.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Michael Jordan is one of the few athletes big enough to deserve a film such as "Michael Jordan to the Max."

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2004
Mike Ross
Jam! Movies

Recommended viewing for any kid who's ever dreamed of the big leagues.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 13, 2003
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies

Jordan was born to be an admired all-star. But as the film so eloquently shows, he worked hard to be the classy superstar that he turned out to be.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2003
Chris Gore
Film Threat

I was mesmerized by the awesome heroics Jordan displayed and seeing them on the giant IMAX screen gave me chills.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

Felt like one big highlight reel

| Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

IMAX is a format where the sheer scale overpowers its flaws.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Herb Lash
Big Movie Zone

The filmmakers give us what we always want when it comes to MJ: images of a man caught in the act of being superhuman.

Full Review Source: Big Movie Zone

June 17, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

This triumphant story of an extremely positive role model is a rewarding treat.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Michael Jordan, sports icon, gets another buffing. Michael Jordan, person, remains private and just a little bit richer.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Michael to the Max is, aside from the IMAX process, the kind of routine documentary a local TV station might air on a Sunday afternoon when a ballgame is rained out.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2001
Ward Triplett III
Kansas City Star

IMAX practically puts you on the court and magnifies everyone.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

February 7, 2001
Tyler McLeod
Jam! Movies

It's brilliance is to put you in the moment, some of the greatest moments in modern sports history.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 7, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

In this authorized look at a great athlete, we are confronted by a man who has no weaknesses and no imperfections.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Essentially just a promotional film for Jordan as a product. It plays like a commercial for itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 7, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The film is more like an infomercial in which the pitchman is also the product.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2001
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Score's big in the hearts of Mike fans.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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