Through the Fire (2006)

Through the Fire



Critic Consensus: Through the Fire may raise more questions than it answers, but it's no less engrossing for its flaws.

Movie Info

A promising athlete learns firsthand about the realities of the business of professional sports in this documentary. In 2004, Sebastian Telfair was the point guard on his high-school basketball team at Lincoln High in Coney Island, NY, but from the start he was no ordinary player -- he'd been groomed as a potential champion since grade school, and by the time he was a senior at Lincoln he was being courted by professional sports agents as well as major college recruiters. Telfair's play on the … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Mar 14, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Through the Fire

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

An entertaining and compelling account of that year, even though most basketball fans will already know the ending.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It doesn't have the pathos of the best sports documentaries, but Through the Fire does what ESPN wanted it to do.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Even if the outcome is already known by those who follow basketball, Through the Fire makes for a suspenseful movie with an emotional climax that exceeds any fictional screen treatment of sports heroism.

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A highly satisfying documentary.

February 10, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

With a real-life athlete as talented and charismatic as Coney Island hoop prodigy Sebastian Telfair, almost any outcome would probably have made for good drama, but Hock lucked out when life provided a happy ending.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Through the Fire

Entertaining as a comedy viewed many years later because Sebastian Telfair ended up being no greater than a fringe player who has bounced around from team to team never becoming the superstar that everyone thought he would be. At least he is well paid.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

documentary following telfair's senior season at Lincoln. overhyped like his cousin marbury, and is on like his 4th nba team

Philip Boyce

Great documentary of Sebastian Telfair. Everything about it was powerful, and Jonathan Hock did an amazing job putting it all together.

David Koolio

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