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The Heart of the Game Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.
August 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 1, 2007
A nice little documentary that proves that nice guys, and nice girls, don't always finish last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
It doesn't seem appropriate to call it luck, but somehow Mr. Serrill ends up with a story that would make any Hollywood sports movie proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
April 19, 2007
Serrill does a good job of grounding the film with the conventions to suck you in and make the team likeable. But then the politics and real stories emerge, which makes the film truly stand apart from the crowd.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
[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.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
January 9, 2007
Might best be thought of as a female version Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 30, 2006
A true sports lover's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
December 30, 2006
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 30, 2006
Boredom and irritation set in early with this shallow, parochial and blandly celebratory documentary about a US high-school girls' basketball team, of frankly limited interest to non-US audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 30, 2006
It's packed with left-field twists and turns and culminates in a genuinely nail-biting match where old rivalries come to a head. In the end, it's all you can do not to stand up and cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
It shifts focus too often to hang together as an in-depth portrait of either the unconventional coach or his headstrong star player.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2006
A female version of Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 31, 2006
...a compelling and insightful glimpse into the convergence of perpetual teenage issues with modern high school athletics, with the entertainment value extending far beyond basketball fans.
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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 25, 2006
The result is nothin' but net.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
August 24, 2006
Who needs faux melodramatic school sports stories when a real-life documentary like Heart of the Game shows it in living, breathing heart-wrenching color?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2006
Emotional, uplifting, vexing and infuriating, it's the first basketball documentary worthy of being compared to 1994's Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
August 17, 2006
A filmmaker of great patience, Serrill chronicled Resler's teams for several years, demonstrating that if one sticks to a subject long enough, powerful things will emerge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Corey Hall
Orlando Weekly
August 17, 2006
An astounding drama that spans seven years, wrestling with issues of race, gender and class while capturing the struggles of competition with intelligence and intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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