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The Heart of the Game Reviews

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Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

April 23, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

August 1, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A nice little documentary that proves that nice guys, and nice girls, don't always finish last.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Calgary Movies

April 19, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[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 Source: Chicago Reader

March 26, 2007
Kam Williams

Might best be thought of as a female version Hoop Dreams.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 9, 2007
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

A true sports lover's delight.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 9/10

December 30, 2006
Nick Funnell
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

December 30, 2006
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | 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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A female version of Hoop Dreams.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

December 5, 2006
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

...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.

Full Review

August 31, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The result is nothin' but net.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 9/10

August 25, 2006
Michael Szymanski

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Emotional, uplifting, vexing and infuriating, it's the first basketball documentary worthy of being compared to 1994's Hoop Dreams.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2006
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2006
Corey Hall
Orlando Weekly

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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2006
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