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More Than a Game Reviews

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June 13, 2010
While not a particularly great documentary, it succeeds hugely at what it sets out to do, aided by a dramatic storyline that would probably be dismissed as too fantastically implausible if it was in a fiction film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 17, 2009
What a cool documentary. What a cool memoir.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 30, 2009
The story itself would be largely untold if Belman hadn't wheedled his way into their trust, filming his own footage and being granted use of a wealth of home-movie material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2009
No make-believe Hollywood script could match this once-in-a-lifetime, all-American story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2009
There's plenty to both cheer and ponder.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2009
What's amazing, and what Belman captures perfectly, is how Coach Dru achieves his dream of becoming a head coach by being a role model to these boys in need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 16, 2009
More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 16, 2009
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2009
Like a gambler with an inside bet, you can know the final score, but still enjoy every second of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 15, 2009
It's a resonant story about four boyhood friends, determination, sacrifice, overcoming obstacles and the mentor who guides them from rough beginnings to the national basketball championship. It's about victorious lives, not games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2009
Utterly captivating for the humanity at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2009
What's almost as impressive as James's talent on the court is his poise and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2009
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better documentary about on-court dynamics and off-court camaraderie; but as journalism, it's less than thorough.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2009
It's especially effective in exploring the pressures on the boys and their fragile dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2009
There is dazzling basketball here and an interesting father-son relationship (Coach Dru Joyce was father of the shortest player on the team).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2009
The skilled editing eventually brings out the personalities of all five players, adding an emotional stake to the footage of key games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2009
Around the halfway point when the LeBron James crew runs into some adversity beyond the socioeconomic circumstances that get short shrift in the movie, it starts getting pretty good.
October 2, 2009
'More Than a Game' is a riveting, emotional and inspirational documentary that captures the ups and downs of five young men who bonded as friends and teammates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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