More Than a Game

2009

More Than a Game

Critics Consensus

Though the film may not delve as deep as some would prefer, More Than a Game is an inspiring documentary featuring likable youngsters, a positive message, and some exciting in-game footage.

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Total Count: 51
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Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested--both on and off the court--as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they've set out to achieve together. "More Than a Game" combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (24)

  • Really, it's just an extension of the LeBron James brand, released to coincide with a book on the same subject and designed to explore the star's humble roots even while further buffing his galactic glitter.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It drags in places, becomes repetitive and could use a more rigid hand in editing, but it also has a kind of pleasing earnestness that would be lost in a more sophisticated effort.

    Oct 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Expertly orchestrated and unavoidably moving, More Than a Game is nevertheless your standard inspirational sports story about spunky kids who defy the odds to become champions.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The filmmakers go a little too far with the superlatives, at times trying to portray these gifted and often immature players as bigger underdogs than they appear to be in real life. But the movie is comprehensive and interesting...

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Like a gambler with an inside bet, you can know the final score, but still enjoy every second of the game.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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