Hoop Dreams Reviews

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.
September 7, 2011
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 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.
June 24, 2006
June 8, 2005
An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film.
May 20, 2003
The film's great achievement is to reveal the relentless way in which coaches and recruiters refuse to see Arthur and William as anything other than social cliches.
January 1, 2000
This picture has a legitimate dramatic structure that is equally as compelling as a scripted slice of fiction.
January 1, 2000
The most powerful movie about sports ever made.
January 1, 2000
Along the way it becomes a revealing and heartbreaking story about life in America.
January 1, 2000
An extraordinarily affecting documentary.
January 1, 2000
A documentary that breathes new life into the subject by showing the everyday reality of that dream.
October 14, 1994