More Than a Game Reviews

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June 13, 2010
While not a particularly great documentary, it succeeds hugely at what it sets out to do, aided by a dramatic storyline that would probably be dismissed as too fantastically implausible if it was in a fiction film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 17, 2009
What a cool documentary. What a cool memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 30, 2009
The story itself would be largely untold if Belman hadn't wheedled his way into their trust, filming his own footage and being granted use of a wealth of home-movie material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 30, 2009
Really, it's just an extension of the LeBron James brand, released to coincide with a book on the same subject and designed to explore the star's humble roots even while further buffing his galactic glitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 30, 2009
It drags in places, becomes repetitive and could use a more rigid hand in editing, but it also has a kind of pleasing earnestness that would be lost in a more sophisticated effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 24, 2009
No make-believe Hollywood script could match this once-in-a-lifetime, all-American story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 23, 2009
There's plenty to both cheer and ponder.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 22, 2009
What's amazing, and what Belman captures perfectly, is how Coach Dru achieves his dream of becoming a head coach by being a role model to these boys in need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 16, 2009
Expertly orchestrated and unavoidably moving, More Than a Game is nevertheless your standard inspirational sports story about spunky kids who defy the odds to become champions.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 16, 2009
More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
October 16, 2009
Despite opening with a statement that basketball should be a means to an end rather than an end in itself, the film itself is about 99.9% basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 16, 2009
The filmmakers go a little too far with the superlatives, at times trying to portray these gifted and often immature players as bigger underdogs than they appear to be in real life. But the movie is comprehensive and interesting...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
October 16, 2009
Like a gambler with an inside bet, you can know the final score, but still enjoy every second of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 15, 2009
It's a resonant story about four boyhood friends, determination, sacrifice, overcoming obstacles and the mentor who guides them from rough beginnings to the national basketball championship. It's about victorious lives, not games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 15, 2009
Utterly captivating for the humanity at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 15, 2009
The film is pretty superficial in its reporting and is by-the-numbers in its storytelling. If the subjects weren't interesting, the movie would be a complete snore.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 15, 2009
What's almost as impressive as James's talent on the court is his poise and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 14, 2009
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better documentary about on-court dynamics and off-court camaraderie; but as journalism, it's less than thorough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
October 14, 2009
Let's start with the title, which is problematic by nature: There is nothing more than a game on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
October 14, 2009
It's especially effective in exploring the pressures on the boys and their fragile dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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