Head Games (2012)



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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
PG-13 (for thematic elements involving sports violence and injuries)
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for Head Games

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Chicago Tribune
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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.

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
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Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Globe and Mail
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"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.

September 20, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Head Games

From someone who thinks team sports are boring: This is a really interesting look at head injuries in sports. The overwhelming evidence is that they are a much bigger problem than is admitted, even with the NFL actively talking about it and donating to concussion research. There's a culture that encourages athletes to 'just shake it off' if they can stand and play; but it turns out that even seemingly-minor injuries can be really dangerous for a lot of people, especially kids. They try to explore the line between keeping people safe and keeping people too safe.

Colleen Parks
Colleen Parks

As a dad of a child that plays football and another that plays lacrosse, this is a scary movie to see. There is one scene in this film where they are interviewing a doctor about concussions and that scene is one of the scariest scenes in a movie I have seen since The Shining.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

A must see for sports fans and anyone who's curious about the effects of concussions.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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