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Gunnin' for That #1 Spot Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
A conventional exercise in documentary storytelling, not a rich and incisive assessment of youth and sports cultures.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
As each player's run through the same routine-hometown meet-and-greet, biographical sketch, hasty interview-the burden of the formulaic structure starts to wear.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 10, 2008
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's basketball diary is of limited general appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 10, 2008
Unlike the 1994 basketball doc Hoop Dreams, which investigated collateral issues of education, race and money, this merely sets a twitchy hip-hop soundtrack to an unenlightening parade of eager sporting wannabes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
October 10, 2008
The slow-motion footage of these athletes showing off their macho skills is generously underpinned by rumbling hip-hop. Great nightclub wallpaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 10, 2008
A ho-hum basketball documentary.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 22, 2008
Hip-hop and basketball have never been so uninspiringly brought together as they are in Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's kinetic but shallow chronicle of the buildup to the first annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
October 10, 2008
Although this is never less than watchable, you can't help feeling that it would have been a better film if they'd waited a year or so and actually included details of the players' futures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 10, 2008
This is just a dull promotional video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 10, 2008
To concentrate on the film you have to be a basketball fan, or just a basket case.
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
May 2, 2008
Easily the best movie of its kind since Steve James' Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Douglas
June 24, 2008
An impressive feat on every level as Yauch brings an unbridled passion to shining a spotlight on some of the country's finest young basketball players in a way that can be appreciated by anyone and everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
A cool look at superstars-to-be paying respect to Harlem's Rucker Park on their path to hoops greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diva Velez
June 30, 2008
Shining a light on eight of the brightest stars in American high school basketball, Gunnin' for That #1 Spot is a refreshing and thrilling reminder of why we watch and why they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
October 28, 2008
Spot provides the basics with foot-tapping, head-bobbing flamboyance, providing the viewer with a serious helping of heart, soul, and scorching basketball action blended up into a taut, explosive documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 23, 2008
It's as much a snapshot of the contemporary basketball scene as it is a love letter to the famed uptown court.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 27, 2008
The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jennifer Merin
June 27, 2009
The extraordinary athleticism and skills of these teenagers, all prime prospects for eventual NBA stardom, makes this a game you really want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
June 22, 2008
Although much of its archive footage from high school games shows up blurry, pixleated or in an otherwise raw form, it nonetheless clarifies the abilities of thoroughly committed young players executing their most impressive basketball skills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine
October 10, 2008
As a tribute to the game and its accessibility to all, Gunnin' is hard to beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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