The Heart of the Game Reviews

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.
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 shifts focus too often to hang together as an in-depth portrait of either the unconventional coach or his headstrong star player.
June 24, 2006
The film is a mildly interesting work that, with judicious pruning, could have been so much more.
June 23, 2006
It dribbles more often than it scores.
June 23, 2006
The pat inspirational formula is followed to a sweaty T, although it comes here with an inadvertent side effect -- more than a few nagging questions never get answered.
June 16, 2006
Hoop Dreams got remarkably up close and personal with the players and their families; Heart never really gets past Darnellia's shy facade.
June 15, 2006
Serrill's documentary on a girls' high school basketball team in Seattle has oodles of heart. What it hasn't got is game.
June 15, 2006
Heart of the Game does contain a powerful human story, but we are forced to watch it from a distance. Serrill never penetrates its fringes.
June 15, 2006
Too much game, not enough heart.
June 9, 2006
Genuinely touching and unquestionably sincere, the movie certainly has heart -- but it could have used a little more game.
June 8, 2006
The too-brisk pacing precludes any intimacy with the characters, or any depth of narrative. Heart of the Game asks very little of its audience. And it delivers in kind.