Through the Fire Reviews

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
March 31, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
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
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 17, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
February 16, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
February 10, 2006

A highly satisfying documentary.

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
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.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
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
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic
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
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
February 10, 2006

The film's biggest accomplishment is that it is entertaining whether or not you know the outcome. Telfair's got the skills to play and market himself, and Through the Fire has enough game to make us care.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
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
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
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
James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
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.

R. Emmet Sweeney
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 7, 2006

A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized.