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Hoop Dreams Reviews

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July 1, 2014
Utterly fascinating and moving. One of the most essential Documentaries in the film industry.
June 29, 2014
My favourite movie critic Roger Ebert called Hoop Dreams one of the great movie-going experiences of his lifetime and the best film of the 1990s. The film is so much more than basketball.
June 8, 2014
It's not as perfect as its reputation suggests, but is certainly a remarkable work. Despite what must have been a lot of editing, and more than a few unlikely omissions, the story mostly seems to tell itself. There's no real surprises, but the details are fascinating, and the presentation sympathetic rather than sensationalist.
June 7, 2014
This movie is amazing!!!!!
June 1, 2014
What an achievement this is. The film records two young kids trying to achieve their NBA dream. It captures their lives. It shows one kid's struggle with his father leaving and doing drugs, struggle with being robbed by a school and having to play catch up academically, and the struggle of his family being so poor they sometimes can't pay the electricity bill. It shows the down from how hard life is but shows the happiness they get once their on the court. In the end it shows how much they have matured, saying if that they don't make it to the NBA, they still have much they can do with their lives.
½ April 26, 2014
Didn't think there was any chance it'd be worth three hours, sat in my queue for well over a year. 100% worth it.
½ April 24, 2014
A sprawling 3-hr documentary that follows two inner-city chicago boys for 5 years as they struggle thru high schools & starting colleges, all the while inspiring to be like local nba hero Isiah Thomas.
March 25, 2014
Great, mesmerizing but ends too soon! I want to know more!
March 21, 2014
Best documentary EVER.
March 14, 2014
My Favorite Film Is 1941's Citizen Kane.
February 23, 2014
Not good. Thought the ending would have been way better but that's the chance u take for doing a documentary
February 17, 2014
Hoop Dreams was a film I stumbled across while reading about the documentary Crumb, as it was one of the two most critically acclaimed documentaries of 1994 not to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, with Crumb being the other one. But since it had such an interesting story and had Roger Ebert naming it the greatest film of the year as well as campaigning for it to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, I could not miss out on it.

Hoop Dreams is an example of a documentary which follows the lives of two everybodies with big dreams that they are willing to jump for, so it can be determined that since it covers their lives over a period of 5 years and over the course of 170 minutes that it is going to be a long film. And so at times it's a little bit dull and feels a little stretched, but the real heart of the story and the determination of director Steve James to make sure that every detail of the story is told in the most important way. E goes into deatail, chronicling the dreams, lives, directions and families of its two dreamers as they journey forwards through education and basketball. The subject matter is a simple story but complicated territory, and it allows their talents to unfold in front of the screen for everyone to see. If anything, Hoop Dreams also gave its figures determination to reach their dreams because it would be inspirational for the world to see their success on the cinematic screen. And the visual depiction of just how determined and talented William Gates and Arthur Agee are in their NBA ambitions is incredible. There is so much real spirit in the movie, so its easy to get inspired by it.
The thing that makes Hoop Dreams so inspiring is that it has all the heart and passion of a true sports film, but it's actually all a true story. It's a documented case of two young boys, William Gates and Arthur Agee. It shows just what kind of long and difficult path it really is when your dreams are huge and the world around is a difficult place to deal with.Hoop Dreams begins as a story about two young boys with ambitions to play for the most popular basketball association in the western world, and yet gradually it becomes more focused on what is important. The emphasis doesn't stay on playing for the NBA, it becomes about playing Basketball. Hoop Dreams reminds us what sports are all about, and how it's important to have passions and ambitions in life so that we are given direction. And as thee key element of the story in the documentary, William Gates and Arthur Agee are chronicled in their journeys as they shoot for the stars and jump for their dreams, their Hoop Dreams if you will..
Hoop Dreams is deep and meaningful without lacking the heart of a sports film, and its one of the most inspiring sports films and documentaries ever. Audiences that can sit through its length will find themselves with a new appreciation for the inspirational power of films and sports. And the power of the film is undeniable, as it has confirmed to have changed the lives for both William Gates and Arthur Agee who were able to turn the success of the movie and subsequent fame into better lives for themselves.
Really, Hoop Dreams contains the type of inspiration and importance that cannot be written into a film and has to come from the real world, and through exploring every inch of both William Gates and Arthur Agee's real worlds, Steve James makes Hoop Dreams an undeniably success and one hell of fine documentary worth seeing for any fan of the NBA or high school student that has a very big dream to pursue.
½ February 11, 2014
Don't let the lofty 3-hour running time of Hoop Dreams discourage you- this documentary will make you wish it were 5 hours by the end. One of the benchmarks in documentary filmmaking, it's a really gripping look at the struggles of two inner city youths and their personal struggles while balancing out their dreams to becoming basketball superstars. After you watch it, check out the "where are they now" by searching for them on wikipedia, as the documentary is now 20 years old.
January 3, 2014
What was originally intended as a 30-minute special on teenage basketball evolved into a deep, complex, touching, and richly satisfying 3-hour motion picture with basketball serving as an introduction to study racial issues, social issues, and American education issues.
½ December 18, 2013
Heartbreaking. Everyone who's over 20 understands what these kids have gone through when they lose a dream. Certainly worth a watch. Not a masterpiece though. Very depressing.
November 29, 2013
Good but not great, and the three hour running time is absolutely ridiculous. This isn't Hamlet.
½ October 27, 2013
Wanted to see for years but could do with editing. Too long but good in any case and two interesting characters are chosen who both seem quite level headed given the expectations placed on them. US high school sport is messed up as is the college system but as a film, not too bad.
October 25, 2013
From its editing to its music choices, Hoop Dreams is one unforgettable viewing experience that is real, humanistic, almost beyond measure. But, it's more than that at the same time. It's a cultural statement. It's an economical statement. It's a political one; a social one. A film worth investing your time and emotion into.
½ October 23, 2013
I heard about this documentary in Roger Ebert's review of the best films of the 90's. It was on Netflix, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I have to say that 15 minutes in I had to force myself not to spoil the ending by looking up what happened to these two kids on Wikipedia. This film was extremely interesting because it was able to make itself about a whole heck of a lot more than just basketball.
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