Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Mr. Fall, a former scout for the Dallas Mavericks, founded the Seeds Academy to nurture his countrymen. His conviction, level gaze and firm eloquence instill pride, drive and determination in his players. Mr. Fall, a coach on the court and in life, is the real champion here.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Four years, two continents, and a whole lot of culture shock in the making, Anne Buford's endearing and vibrantly photographed hoop-dreams doc follows a quartet of gifted West African teens from the SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal) as they head to the U.S. on basketball scholarships.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 16, 2011
    80
    Hoop dreams die hard, and the stories in Elevate are both sobering and thrilling.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 21, 2011
    75
    Elevate nails the mission, but not the message.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 3, 2011
    70
    It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 19, 2011
    50
    Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by Senegalese teens hoping to make it to America for a higher education and an NBA career.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    Elevate works as a sympathetic portrait of cultural adjustment (learning in a nonnative language, sticking to Muslim dietary restrictions), but never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers.

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