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Something to Cheer About

Something to Cheer About (2001)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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The first all-black high school basketball team to win a U.S. state championship and the coach who inspired them to always play at the top of their game are profiled in director Betsy Blankenbaker's inspirational documentary. The Crispus Attucks Tigers is a team that helped to get numerous kids off of the streets while raising community morale and breaking down the color barrier in professional sports. Former Crispus Attucks Tigers include such famed sports luminaries as Harlem Globetrotter

Jun 26, 2007

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Plodding but heartfelt, Something to Cheer About pays tribute to a time when basketball scholarships and professional opportunities were practically unknown. Back then, a player's only opportunity was to make history.

April 30, 2007
New York Times
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Despite a last-reel schmaltz attack, this sports doc presents its blockbuster-baiting material with unfussy immediacy and dignity.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The movie could have had much greater resonance were it not focused so monolithically on basketball. One wonders what life was like at Attucks High, or how the players' success on the court affected their lives off it.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Plays like a well-intentioned but somewhat dull HBO special.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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At just over an hour, it seems better suited for TV viewing than a theatrical release.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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One of [director] Blankenbaker's key acquisitions here is the grainy black and white footage of Crispus Attucks in action during the mid-1950s. It is stunning stuff.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Utterly conventional...but still works as an uplifting tale of success in adverse circumstances, and as a testimony to the power of one dedicated teacher.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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The film is really geared toward basketball fans who won't mind the talking-heads format, and the glowing interviews that have more the tone of testimonials than a historical documentary.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It muddies key details (it's not clear we're seeing the '55 championship game until it's over), while never addressing others (the team's gifted coach quit in '57, but who knows why?).

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Understands sport as much more than athletics, when basketball served not as a source of endorsement deals but as an opportunity for people who never had much before.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

A reverential yet frustratingly skimpy nonfiction record.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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