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The Other Dream Team Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2012
The movie sticks to the basic facts and patronizes viewers with plentiful music cues and other emotional pointers; you'd be better off learning this story from an old issue of Sports Illustrated.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2012
Made with considerable reverence, but it doesn't quite manage to tow a tricky tonal line that's required when working with such sensitive and complicated material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 18, 2012
The lack of focus makes for a lackluster Documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
October 11, 2012
Quite often the film veers away from their stories to become a flag-waving work of Lithuanian nationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
October 5, 2012
Markevicius vividly paints an inspiring picture of a group of men overcoming great political hurdles in order to bring pride back to a country that had been broken for decades and blaze a path for future generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.3/10
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 5, 2012
The title may be less than creative and the bare-bones plot synopsis hardly feels compelling, yet the documentary offers a fascinating and heartfelt examination of history through the microcosm of one sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 4, 2012
...a deeply interesting, if conventionally structured and unflashy, documentary ... about the reassertion of national identity after generations of foreign oppression and the role of sport in nation building.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 27, 2012
The production's focus is split-properly and effectively-between basketball and realpolitik.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
September 11, 2012
Draws on archival footage and firsthand accounts from both players and outside observers to reveal the complex interaction of politics and athletics that colored the Euro-on-Euro competition.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 25, 2012
Shows sports can have other goals besides winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2012
This true-life sports story has a little of the same magic "Hoosiers" has.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
October 18, 2012
...a story that should be heard and remembered, because it reminds you that sometimes a sporting event carries meaning far outside the confines of the sport itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 19, 2012
"The Other Dream Team" is a saga of hope, courage and overcoming adversity and how a sport and its players helped a nation rekindle its voice and place on the world stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 3, 2012
An uplifting docu from longtime producer and first-time director Marius Markevicius about the nation's unique love affair with basketball.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 1, 2012
You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 11, 2012
An inspirational if overly talkative new documentary that lives at the intersection of nationalism and sport.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
I fully expect The Other Dream Team to join Do You Believe in Miracles? and Undefeated in your inspirational-sports-doc rotation.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 11, 2012
Clearly, there's a story here. The documentary "The Other Dream Team" tells it in a smart, lively, if somewhat hectic fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2012
If you root for documentaries with heart, "The Other Dream Team" is a slam dunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 27, 2012
Augmented by a trove of archival footage reaching back to the 1930s, Jesse Feldman's buoyant cinematography merges political history and sports mania into a triumphant timeline.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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