The Heart of the Game (2005)

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Critic Consensus: This group of high school girls and their eccentric basketball coach easily win your heart with their unusual humanity and dynamism.


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Bill Resler was a professor at the University of Washington who had possessed a passionate interest in basketball. Resler decided to put his love of the game to work when he heard that Seattle's Roosevelt High School needed a coach for their women's basketball team. Despite having almost no experience as a coach, Resler landed the job, and soon began making a difference with the team, firing his players up with enthusiasm and encouraging them to think of themselves not as girl basketball … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ward Serrill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2007
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Heart of the Game

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (40)

Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

[The film] covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave Hoop Dreams its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The intrusive narration, from hip hopper Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, offers little sense of real lives unfolding, more of a way being paved to an, admittedly tense, all-American triumph-over-adversity climax.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Emotional, uplifting, vexing and infuriating, it's the first basketball documentary worthy of being compared to 1994's Hoop Dreams.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Writer/director Ward Serrill's wonderful documentary, about a Seattle high school girls basketball team the Roughriders coached by the inspiring Bill Resler, is a "Hoop Dreams" of the early 21st century.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

So many astonishing and inspirational events take place that if The Heart Of The Game wasn't such a great documentary, it could have and should have been a box office hit drama.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Heart of the Game

GO ROUGHRIDERS!!!

Russell has the courage that everyone should have. Fight for your dreams...make it happen no matter what. Bravo to Resler for making it happen and believing in "his girls".

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]The one trap that a sports documentary should never fall into is to rely on the cliche of the big game that plagues their fictional counterparts. Remember, a documentary should provide information and give the audience food for thought before attempting to entertain the audience.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Take the pleasing documentary, "The Heart of the Game," for instance, which is about Bill Resler, a tax professor at the University of Washington who is hired to be the girls' basketball coach at Roosevelt High School. In his first year, through his innovative and unique methods, he coaches the team to the State Championships.(He is also maybe the most understanding coach in history.) In his second, talented but underachieving Darnellia Russell joins the team.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Documentarian Ward Serrill gets the ending he wanted but not quite the afterword. What troubles me most is that the viewer may have been manipulated into having a rooting interest for Roosevelt High School, even though there is an equally compelling story at rival Garfield High School.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Regretfully, the documentary only scratches the surface of the history of women's athletics. Any player may dream of going pro but that's what it mostly is, just a dream. The reality should be to concentrate on a player-athlete's education, getting her a scholarship to a university where she can continue her education and better her life.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]And is Seattle really that segregated? [/font]

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Walter M.

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