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High Flying Bird takes a thoughtful and engrossing look at professional sports that sees Steven Soderbergh continuing to test the limits of new filmmaking technology. Read critic reviews

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A sports agent pitches a controversial business opportunity to a rookie basketball player during a lockout.

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  • Soderbergh's liveliest, most big-thinking work since Magic Mike, this is a quick, zingy, all-business sports drama that plays like Jerry Maguire with twin degrees in economics and sociology.

    December 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directed, shot, and edited by Steven Soderbergh, this cerebral Netflix original is an even more incisive drama about the business of sports than Moneyball.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • McCraney understands rhythm and melody. His dialogue has real musicality, and these actors -- this cast is so good -- deliver their lines accordingly; they know when to lean into the beat, when to sotto voce, when to sound the timpani.

    December 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While focusing on the nuts and bolt of big-time athletics, Soderbergh misses the drama and urgency inherent in his high-flying, high-stakes subject matter.

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  • High Flying Bird could be called an anti-Sports Movie: its goal is not to uplift, but rather to provoke, mobilize and envision a future in which the players themselves own the league.

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  • The actors here, particularly Holland, speak with a relish Soderbergh usually saves for his heist capers. And though much lighter on the action, High Flying Bird still has the pace and feel of one.

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