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Hoop Dreams Reviews

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August 15, 2017
Hoop Dreams was declared a masterpiece early on, and decades later its prestige hasn't diminished one bit.
August 19, 2016
... well worth your time for the up close and personal view it provides of how issues of race and class play out in the lives of these talented young men and their families.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 16, 2013
Steve James's remarkable example of cinéma vérité tells the problematic journey of high school basketball stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers growing up in Chicago ghettos.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 7, 2011
It slam-dunks documentaries that are so close-up to their subjects they cannot note the irony of adult commercialism and hard-sell hoopla overwhelming barely literate kids.
January 24, 2011
Epic is a word that suits Hoop Dreams well: The film seems to encompass not just a few individuals' stories, but draw archetypes out of them to personify the larger world around.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2011
Stunning documentary, great for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 3, 2008
It's about three hours long. But it moves like Isiah, fast and smooth, and it's over in a heartbreak.
March 31, 2008
Hoop Dreams has shown us that the rules of the game are stacked against kids like Gates and Agee. Even better, it shows us how they fight back, with the inside moves of hope.
March 24, 2008
The result not only follows the lives of the boys as they mature into men, suffering success and disaster along the way, but also provides a picture of tough inner-city life shorn of glamour or unnecessary melodrama.
February 9, 2008
Ao acompanharem seis anos das vidas de sua dupla de protagonistas, James e sua equipe criaram um filme revelador, complexo e, acima de tudo, profundamente tocante.
| Original Score: 5/5
September 24, 2007
It's the closest movie equivalent to the great American novel I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 21, 2007
A heady dose of the American dream and the American nightmare combined -- a numbing investigation of how one point on an exam or one basket or turnover in a game can make all the difference in a family's fortunes.
March 21, 2007
A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length, Hoop Dreams is a documentary slam dunk.
December 30, 2006
This is the best type of documentary, giving an intensely personal story you can't help but become involved in, and also raises fundamental issues about America in the 90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 24, 2006
Boasting an epic scale, and a running time to match, this seminal docu, an absorbing anatomy of the American Dream in Chicago's inner-city, has more passion, compassion and suspense than most Hollywood fictional stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
April 13, 2006
Stunning documentary which should have won an Oscar.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 5, 2005
unfolds like life itself, with unexpected ups and downs, joys and disappointments both small and large, and a sense of lived experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 8, 2005
An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film.
May 26, 2005
A remarkable film saturated with ironic twists, heartbreaking scenarios and moments of pure jubilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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