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Gabe Polsky's persuasive documentary comes close to Greatness, making a strong case for its intriguing thesis and chock full of refreshing insights into some of the world's most admired athletes. Read critic reviews

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Top athletes, including Michael Jordan, Pelé, Jerry Rice and Wayne Gretzky, explore the importance of nature versus nurture in determining athletic ability.

Cast & Crew

Pelé
Self
Will Staeger
Executive Producer
Michael Antinoro
Executive Producer
Alan Polsky
Executive Producer
Liam Satre-Meloy
Executive Producer
Svetlana Cvetko
Cinematographer
Marco Capalbo
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Leo Birenberg
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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (2)

  • If my tone sounds peevish, yours might be too watching a film with the air of an essay by a bright undergraduate with pressing business elsewhere. Bring a red pen.

    May 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This rather slight documentary on talent and genius in sport is chatty and anecdotal, but could perhaps have been boiled down further to a crisp hour-long documentary for television.

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Stylistic missteps do little to mar the essential message, a bit of wisdom humanity has to remind itself of anew in every generation, minting new cliches like "it's the journey, not the destination."

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An eloquent and inventive look at self-expression in sports and to those athletes... who succeed at the highest levels not by dint of sheer physical prowess, but by ingenuity and creativity.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "In Search of Greatness," a worshipful big-think built around original, what-made-you-tick interviews... sees a more helpful conversation in examining creative freedom, behavior, non-conformity, and philosophy.

    November 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A welcome tribute to vision, innovation, and knowledge as more important than technique and training.

    November 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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