Through the Fire

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 32


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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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.

    Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: C

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • A highly satisfying documentary.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 10, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Through the Fire

  • Nov 23, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2007
    <FONT FACE="Maiandra GD " SIZE="-1"> Pending Review... <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    Alexander C Super Reviewer

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