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Quantum Hoops

Quantum Hoops (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

Dry and upbeat, this story of overachieving academics struggling as underdog athletes is a winner (even if their basketball team isn't).


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

Dry and upbeat, this story of overachieving academics struggling as underdog athletes is a winner (even if their basketball team isn't).



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UCSB alumnus Rick Greenwald documents the final week of the Caltech basketball team's 2006 season. The Caltech team's 240-game conference losing streak has spanned two decades, and this season's lineup includes five valedictorians who never played high-school basketball. David Duchovny narrates as the determined athletes search for that ever-elusive single win. Despite being mocked by opposing fans and facing remarkable adversity, the Caltech players strive to maintain the dedication,

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Revenge of the Nerds minus laughs plus inspirational music equals Quantum Hoops.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Amiable if easily distracted movie.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Wry, good-natured picture.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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David Duchovny narrates this inspirational account of Caltech's 2006 basketball season (yes, the school has a team, and at the time of filming, the squad had not won in 21 years).

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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While it may not be the most absorbing subject for a feature documentary, the hoop dreams of a brainiac team that wants to win just once does make for an amusing diversion, especially with another season of college-bracket fever upon us.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Couldn't the film have told the story of a single season or explored what it means for a team of genius scientists and math whizzes not to crack the code of their failure? We get glimpses and glosses but never a story.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Cal Tech basketball team's story is subject of Rick Greenwald's captivatingly quirky Quantum Hoops, a film that's as smart as its subjects--the team of smart players who continue to push their game although they consistently lose.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

Quantum Hoops is a terrific film.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

One of Quantum Hoops' favorite distractions from actual games is to look at the charmingly nerdy lives of Caltech students.

May 31, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The combination of David Duchovny's wry narration and the genuine charm of Greenwald's subjects is pretty tough to resist.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Scratching your head because you don't know why David Duchovny provides narration for Rick Greenwald's Quantum Hoops? Hint: the truth is out there.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I'm not a basketball fan in the slightest, but I will admit to being wrapped up in the tension of this incredibly rousing finale. After watching this inspiring documentary, I'm sure you'll feel the same way.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A pleasurable feature film that can't help but fall in love with these perennial losers...narrated with wonderful highball sincerity by David Duchovny.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source:

Everyone loves an underdog, but this is ridiculous!

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source:

America loves its athletes, but the scholars are just as driven, determined, and successful

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

An unpretentious but goodhearted tale of exceptional intellectuals surviving a state of perpetual frustration.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

These teams may be genuinely awful, or simply overmatched, but [director]Greenwald honors them, their brainy players and their Job-like coaches alike.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Quantum Hoops -- the debut documentary from Rick Greenwald -- is an absolute slam-dunk.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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