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 1, 2008
Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.
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'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.
August 18, 2006
Emotional, uplifting, vexing and infuriating, it's the first basketball documentary worthy of being compared to 1994's Hoop Dreams.
July 21, 2006
Sketchy as it can be at times, The Heart of the Game keeps us involved.
July 21, 2006
An exhausting and thoroughly entertaining tale of race, fair play, loyalty, pregnancy and the true spirit of amateur athletics.
July 14, 2006
It's almost impossible to refrain from cheering as if you were right there in the stands.
July 7, 2006
Its squeak-and-sweat athleticism, its tough, bruised, big-hearted players and its electrifying championship countdowns should appeal to anyone who loves the game.
July 7, 2006
Anybody who doesn't find themselves on the edge of their seat for this film's final minutes shouldn't be going to movies.
July 7, 2006
[The Roughriders] persevere, as did director Serrill, who took his time to find the real heart of this game.
July 6, 2006
Serrill, making his feature debut, didn't plan on spending seven years with the Roughriders. But reality just kept getting more compelling and complicated, and his persistence paid off.
July 6, 2006
This is a movie about empowerment, integrity and having fun, and those are always in season.
July 6, 2006
Most certainly, it will make you root for the Roughriders on and off the court.
June 24, 2006
An exhilarating story of loyalty and perseverance, The Heart of the Game succeeds as both inspiration and social commentary.
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 19, 2006
An Oscar-level piece of work.
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