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Through the Fire (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Through the Fire may raise more questions than it answers, but it's no less engrossing for its flaws.

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Spend an emotional year in the life of a Coney Island basketball prodigy as filmmakers follow rising hoops star Sebastian Telfair as he struggles to overcome the adversity of the streets, transcend poverty, and earn a well-deserved place in the annals of the NBA. Few basketball stars can claim to have soared to the early-career heights that Telfair did on the streets of New York City, but after earning a reputation as one of the most skilled ball-handlers on the court by the tender age of nine, few would deny that he possessed the potential greatness. Mentored by his determined older brother -- a failed NBA hopeful himself -- Telfair remained steadfast and determined to realize the dream that had previously eluded his older sibling, and provide a more hopeful future for his supportive family.

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Critic Reviews for Through the Fire

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

An entertaining and compelling account of that year, even though most basketball fans will already know the ending.

March 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It doesn't have the pathos of the best sports documentaries, but Through the Fire does what ESPN wanted it to do.

March 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Even if the outcome is already known by those who follow basketball, Through the Fire makes for a suspenseful movie with an emotional climax that exceeds any fictional screen treatment of sports heroism.

February 17, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.

February 16, 2006 | Rating: C
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A highly satisfying documentary.

February 10, 2006

With a real-life athlete as talented and charismatic as Coney Island hoop prodigy Sebastian Telfair, almost any outcome would probably have made for good drama, but Hock lucked out when life provided a happy ending.

February 10, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Through the Fire

Entertaining as a comedy viewed many years later because Sebastian Telfair ended up being no greater than a fringe player who has bounced around from team to team never becoming the superstar that everyone thought he would be. At least he is well paid.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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