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Through the Fire Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 21, 2006
Through the Fire only touches on the influence big business-driven commerce wields in sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
February 9, 2006
Short on authorial insightfulness but long on subject-matter fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 15, 2006
a side of basketball that often goes unrevealed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 9, 2006
A cynical fraud.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 9, 2006
Jonathan Hock's unwaveringly upbeat documentary follows the basketball sensation Sebastian Telfair as he chooses between the University of Louisville and the N.B.A.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 6, 2006
Pedestrian at best as filmmaking, 'Through the Fire' is far different than the cultural document it pretends to be.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 10, 2006
Through the Fire fails to show indignation that rich white guys are trying to get even richer at the expense of a naive black kid from the ghetto.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 16, 2006
[Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 18, 2006
It's a pleasure to see the articulate, disciplined Telfair succeed where so many other young men have failed, but ultimately his path to success is so smoothly upbeat that there isn't much urgency to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dave White
April 21, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 3, 2006
It doesn't have the pathos of the best sports documentaries, but Through the Fire does what ESPN wanted it to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 30, 2007
Valuable not because of sebastian Telfair's ultimate triumph, but because of how effectively it contrasts his achievement with the plight of so many other aspiring athletes for whom the fantasy of a pro career ultimately fails to materialize.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
April 2, 2006
You know a filmmaker has done his job when his movie appeals even to people who couldn't care less about the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kent Turner
February 10, 2006
[Director] Hock's approach is more fly-on-the-wall than exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 10, 2006
What Hock's film finds is much richer and more resonant than the average exit-from-the-ghetto tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 10, 2006
[A] superb, ultimately exhilarating account of Coney Island basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Lincoln High.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
February 10, 2006
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.
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
Though some will see this fast-paced film as proof that hoop dreams really can come true, the real strength of Through the Fire lies in its careful, often indirect questioning of the moral universe of professional sports and big-money endorsements.
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice
February 7, 2006
A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 24, 2006
Not just a story of a person but a story of a neighborhood, a city and a plan to escape.
| Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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