The Heart of the Game Reviews

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March 14, 2018
Will it be heartbreak or triumph for the Roosevelt Roughriders? You will care, passionately.
August 23, 2017
If the drama that sweeps through The Heart of the Game is any indication, God must have a thing for girls' basketball.
April 23, 2009
Writer/director Ward Serrill's wonderful documentary, about a Seattle high school girls basketball team the Roughriders coached by the inspiring Bill Resler, is a "Hoop Dreams" of the early 21st century.
August 7, 2008
August 1, 2008
Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.
August 1, 2008
So many astonishing and inspirational events take place that if The Heart Of The Game wasn't such a great documentary, it could have and should have been a box office hit drama.
September 1, 2007
A nice little documentary that proves that nice guys, and nice girls, don't always finish last.
July 14, 2007
It doesn't seem appropriate to call it luck, but somehow Mr. Serrill ends up with a story that would make any Hollywood sports movie proud.
April 19, 2007
Serrill does a good job of grounding the film with the conventions to suck you in and make the team likeable. But then the politics and real stories emerge, which makes the film truly stand apart from the crowd.
March 26, 2007
[The film] covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave Hoop Dreams its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.
January 9, 2007
Might best be thought of as a female version Hoop Dreams.
December 30, 2006
A true sports lover's delight.
December 30, 2006
The intrusive narration, from hip hopper Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, offers little sense of real lives unfolding, more of a way being paved to an, admittedly tense, all-American triumph-over-adversity climax.
December 30, 2006
Boredom and irritation set in early with this shallow, parochial and blandly celebratory documentary about a US high-school girls' basketball team, of frankly limited interest to non-US audiences.
December 30, 2006
It's packed with left-field twists and turns and culminates in a genuinely nail-biting match where old rivalries come to a head. In the end, it's all you can do not to stand up and cheer.
December 30, 2006
It shifts focus too often to hang together as an in-depth portrait of either the unconventional coach or his headstrong star player.
December 5, 2006
A female version of Hoop Dreams.
August 31, 2006
...a compelling and insightful glimpse into the convergence of perpetual teenage issues with modern high school athletics, with the entertainment value extending far beyond basketball fans.
August 25, 2006
The result is nothin' but net.
August 24, 2006
Who needs faux melodramatic school sports stories when a real-life documentary like Heart of the Game shows it in living, breathing heart-wrenching color?
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