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Hoop Dreams Reviews

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Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stunning documentary, great for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Along the way it becomes a revealing and heartbreaking story about life in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This picture has a legitimate dramatic structure that is equally as compelling as a scripted slice of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Should absolutely thrill fans of basketball and/or documentary filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is a documentary that sustains interest for its entire 174-minute length.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Rob Gonsalves
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
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+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Too long and very self-indulgent, but it's certainly a fine effort.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
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