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Head Games Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
The film struggles with the contradiction of knowing the serious risks while enjoying the games as participant and spectator.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2012
The film paints a dire picture that will strike fear into the hearts of many parents. How many concussions are too many? The documentary suggests the magic number might be one.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 16, 2012
A bit more palatable than most "let me teach you a lesson"-style non-fiction films.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sarah Boslaugh
October 16, 2012
It's exciting to watch big, powerful guys bash into each other, and a well-executed hit makes an excellent addition to any highlight reel. The problem is that the human brain is not designed to absorb repeated impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
October 14, 2012
There may not be a more important documentary release this year for the general health of (especially sports-playing) American kids than Head Games, an impactful look at the trauma inflicted by repeated concussions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 5, 2012
If you have children involved in contact sports, you must see 'Head Games.'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Cynthia Fuchs
October 4, 2012
Players risk their health and their very lives, in futures hard to imagine when they're eight or 12 or 24. Head Games means to change those futures, for players and sports alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Knight
National Post
October 3, 2012
It's certainly wholesome food for thought for anyone with kids in sports.
| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
The Grid
October 3, 2012
Its steady, methodical style, however, does justice to its overall aim, which is to touch a nerve that has been desensitized by the media's valorization of athletes as tough guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2012
Seeing former NHL star Keith Primeau's teenage son light up to talk about how fighting is "pretty fun" gives us the conclusion the statistics can't yet provide: before the games can change, we need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
September 28, 2012
You'll feel like you need a helmet in the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
September 28, 2012
I have two young boys, and when they express interest in playing sports, it will be impossible not to remember what I learned from this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 27, 2012
James is primarily concerned about bringing awareness, and he does so with an intelligent presentation of the best data available and genuine concern.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2012
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.
Matt Pais
September 27, 2012
Asserts this as a problem that isn't going away and, especially for those who suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is virtually guaranteed to get worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2012
The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
September 24, 2012
[Head Games] owes more to Michael Moore's advocacy work than D.A. Pennebaker's cinema verite style, but in its own way, it's just as powerful a portrait of what sports mean to the people who play them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 24, 2012
Sobering look at how concussions affect athletes, from the director of Hoop Dreams.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 22, 2012
This hard-hitting documentary issues a wake-up call for safety improvements in all sports where head injuries are common.
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