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The First Basket Reviews

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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2008
It uncovers a fascinating and largely forgotten chapter of the game's history that is well worth revisiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 31, 2008
A valuable reminder that for nearly three decades, basketball was dominated by Jewish players -- and coaches who found the sport an ideal vehicle for assimilation in the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
October 29, 2008
When the history of the sport is allowed to unfold through the reminiscences of geriatric Yiddish pros, pic approaches the richness of its impressive archival trove. Too often, however, director David Vyorst's chauvinistic agenda intrudes.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
October 29, 2008
The First Basket, a functional (if narrowly interesting) history lesson by the filmmaker David Vyorst, recollects the rich history of Jewish participation in basketball.
| Original Score: 3/5