In Search of Greatness (2018)


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IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the true nature and nurture of the greatest athletes of all time. Through a series of intimate conversations and captivating footage, Director Gabe Polsky leads viewers on an entertaining, thrilling, and inspiring personal journey. The film explores everything from upbringing, coaching, and genetics to creativity, psychology, and philosophy. Featuring original interviews with iconic athletes Wayne Gretzky, Pelé, and Jerry Rice, as well as renowned thought leaders Sir Ken Robinson and David Epstein, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS resonates beyond the world of sport to realms of self-expression, attitude, and human nature.


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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

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."

Nov 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.

Nov 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.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A welcome tribute to vision, innovation, and knowledge as more important than technique and training.

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

Obviously, sports fans will get the most out of "In Search of Greatness." But there are self-help tropes for everyone.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As interesting as such insights into the nature of greatness may be, they do not make for a great documentary.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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