Head Games

2012

Head Games

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From acclaimed director Steve James, Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport. Inspired by events from the book 'Head Games' written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation's leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation. -- (C) Variance

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  • It's solid and interesting work in the main, but Head Games can't help but feel like a come-down after The Interrupters.

    Sep 28, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Steve James centers this documentary on Nowinski, but there are affecting profiles of various NFL and NHL veterans who are living with the damage -- or may have died from it.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the more fascinating aspects of a thoroughly entertaining movie is how incomprehensible James' proposed changes are in a country where many would list their necessities as food, shelter and Monday Night Football.

    Sep 21, 2012

    John Anderson

    Variety
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  • Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism.

    Sep 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood.

    Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

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  • Jan 17, 2013
    A must see for sports fans and anyone who's curious about the effects of concussions.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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