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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
In the way it shows how basketball can both use and abuse needy youths while still giving them the opportunity to rise up to levels they never imagined, it is a more than worthy successor to Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 11, 2011
Sports movies have a tendency to pull the old heart strings, but this is an especially emotional journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 7, 2011
Surface-scratching and at times incurious, but a nonetheless engaging documentary look at Senegalese teenagers attempting to better their lives through eduction and hoops in America.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
October 20, 2011
We see these young men struggle with assimilation - mastering English and learning to drive, meeting girls, facing a headmaster hell-bent on sending one to Princeton - and feel their joy on trips home. And we exult when they graduate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
An upbeat but never sugarcoated look at how cultural diversity can provide as many roadblocks as it does opportunities.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 7, 2011
The best film about basketball I have ever seen. It is the happy ending version of "Hoop Dreams" in many ways.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 21, 2011
Less comprehensive than the material calls for, which makes the cumulative effect little more than "Hoop Dreams"-lite.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2011
The director is uninterested in truly plumbing the more painful, confusing emotions and thorny educational and social issues that confront her subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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