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Lenny Cooke (2013)



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In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach.(c) Official Site

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

Filmmakers Benny and Josh Safdie use real-time footage to follow this hopeful, affable young man as he becomes a bitter has-been over the course of a decade.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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A compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Like a dismaying coming-of-age movie in which little is learned beyond the fickle chemistry between dreams and business.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
New York Times
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It's a small film, but as a cautionary tale? Swish!

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
New York Daily News
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It's a spirited experiment in documentary form, with the directors showing great imagination in their fusion of new and archival footage, and their portrait of Cooke, assembled largely from offhand moments, conveying a sharp dramatic sensibility.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Chicago Reader
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The question of why Cooke's career never materialized hangs over the movie, but is never answered. What emerges instead is a portrait of a talented teenager being readied ... for a future that doesn't arrive.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
AV Club
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Showtime 2/10/14 The hand held camera was a little distracting but the story was good. Ignorance, environment, posses, family, lack of work ethic and a thousand other distractions can be the moral of this story. Wasted talent is an all too common story in ghetto basketball/life.

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