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More Than a Game Reviews

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Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2009
Conforms to the classic three-act story structure of unexpected success followed by hubristic downfall followed by triumphant return.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 3, 2009
Somewhat engaging and well-edited with stylish cinematography and great music, but it ultimately falls short in terms of offering insightful and provocative revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
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Nick Schager
Time Out
September 30, 2009
Belman only skims the surface; even his depiction of the admirable Joyce (who ditched corporate America to chase his dream of being a mentor) shows a preference for tidy sound bites over intense inquiry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
October 16, 2009
Despite opening with a statement that basketball should be a means to an end rather than an end in itself, the film itself is about 99.9% basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
October 14, 2009
Let's start with the title, which is problematic by nature: There is nothing more than a game on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 2, 2009
There's no "I" in team. But there are two in stultifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 29, 2009
An inspiring story that works very hard to remind you it's an inspiring story at every opportunity.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 29, 2009
Good game footage, a few clear looks at the kids behind it, but mostly as processed as Space Jam.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 2, 2009
evoted fans of the game, and especially of LeBron James, will love More Than a Game. The skeptical and the curious may find themselves wanting more.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Josh Levin
Slate
October 8, 2009
While More Than a Game succeeds in depicting the friends' deep mutual affection, the edges of the LeBron James story are too often smoothed to a dull, inspirational point.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 1, 2009
Belman doesn't look into the bigger problems of James' team jet-setting across the country during the school year, or the spectacle allowed to build up around him.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 15, 2009
The film is pretty superficial in its reporting and is by-the-numbers in its storytelling. If the subjects weren't interesting, the movie would be a complete snore.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

National Post
October 2, 2009
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
October 2, 2009
Maybe Belman's film will instill in youngsters an interest in documentaries, of which this is a generally fine example.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 2, 2009
Sometimes the narrative suffers from a surfeit of hindsight -- earnest sermonizing on the importance of friendship, family and dedication in the boys' development. The sermons are worthy ones, though, and Mr. Belman's film dramatizes what it preaches.
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