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Through the Fire Reviews

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January 21, 2006
Through the Fire only touches on the influence big business-driven commerce wields in sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2006
Short on authorial insightfulness but long on subject-matter fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 15, 2006
a side of basketball that often goes unrevealed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2006
A cynical fraud.
Read More | Original Score: 0/5
February 9, 2006
Jonathan Hock's unwaveringly upbeat documentary follows the basketball sensation Sebastian Telfair as he chooses between the University of Louisville and the N.B.A.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 6, 2006
Pedestrian at best as filmmaking, 'Through the Fire' is far different than the cultural document it pretends to be.
February 10, 2006
Through the Fire fails to show indignation that rich white guys are trying to get even richer at the expense of a naive black kid from the ghetto.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 16, 2006
[Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 18, 2006
It's a pleasure to see the articulate, disciplined Telfair succeed where so many other young men have failed, but ultimately his path to success is so smoothly upbeat that there isn't much urgency to it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 3, 2006
It doesn't have the pathos of the best sports documentaries, but Through the Fire does what ESPN wanted it to do.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2007
Valuable not because of sebastian Telfair's ultimate triumph, but because of how effectively it contrasts his achievement with the plight of so many other aspiring athletes for whom the fantasy of a pro career ultimately fails to materialize.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2006
You know a filmmaker has done his job when his movie appeals even to people who couldn't care less about the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 10, 2006
[Director] Hock's approach is more fly-on-the-wall than exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2006
What Hock's film finds is much richer and more resonant than the average exit-from-the-ghetto tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2006
[A] superb, ultimately exhilarating account of Coney Island basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Lincoln High.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 9, 2006
Though some will see this fast-paced film as proof that hoop dreams really can come true, the real strength of Through the Fire lies in its careful, often indirect questioning of the moral universe of professional sports and big-money endorsements.
February 7, 2006
A riveting doc of hoop dreams realized.
February 24, 2006
Not just a story of a person but a story of a neighborhood, a city and a plan to escape.
| Original Score: 7/10
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