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More Than a Game Reviews

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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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 16, 2009
More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 15, 2009
Utterly captivating for the humanity at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 2, 2009
The footage is terrific, and all the guys make for charismatic heroes. But Belman barely addresses the stories happening off the court.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2009
It's always risky to mix sports metaphors, but it's hard to resist the notion that the basketball-themed More Than a Game is a knockout of a sports documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2009
A superb, slam-dunk documentary about young boys achieving personal and team goals on the basketball court.
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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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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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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 1, 2009
It's an inspiring tale not just for lovers of basketball, although the games featured are so thrilling and tense that it's a challenge to remain sitting placidly in one's seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2009
More Than a Game is a documentary, but it's every inch a triumph-of-the-underdogs fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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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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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.