Hoop Dreams Reviews

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March 27, 2020
At once a rigorous exploration of the sports-educational industrial complex and an intimate piece of portraiture...
October 28, 2019
The film is rich in backstage tension, from Agee's bad grades to Gates's knee injuries, while the glaring social inequality is reflected in the violent fathers and criminal friends who populate the outskirts of the tale.
October 25, 2019
Perhaps James's biggest achievement is his unshowy emphasis on the poetry of basketball itself: the jump shot, the slam-dunk, ecstatic physical expressions of pure transcendental success.
August 28, 2018
It is impossible to watch this story of kids who have dreams of becoming rich and famous by way of professional basketball without a sense of nostalgia and even sadness.
April 10, 2018
Utterly, heartbreakingly lucid.
November 30, 2017
The film is a rare three-dimensional account of African-American lives and a stinging indictment of an educational system which, with its sports scholarships, institutionalises bribery.
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.
July 16, 2013
Steve James's remarkable example of cinma vrit tells the problematic journey of high school basketball stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers growing up in Chicago ghettos.
September 7, 2011
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.
January 1, 2011
Stunning documentary, great for older kids.
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.
October 13, 2007
September 24, 2007
It's the closest movie equivalent to the great American novel I've seen in years.
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.
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