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  • Summary: On the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but this is the place where nicknames are indeliblyOn the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but this is the place where nicknames are indelibly branded, and legends are born. On September 1, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation stepped out on this court, that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual “Elite 24” all-star game. Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot follows eight of these players as they prepare to showcase their skills at the most legendary playground in the world. (Oscilloscope Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. A basketball documentary where the climactic game looks like a Hong Kong wire-fu epic.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    75
    Glosses over the kids' lives off the court.
  3. 75
    The Summer Olympics may offer more intricate, arduous and high-stakes spectacles, but nothing will top the last half-hour of Gunnin' for That #1 Spot for adrenalized high spirits.
  4. Reviewed by: Barry Temkin
    63
    Yauch clearly understands this world, but his film would have profited from looking more deeply at fewer players.
  5. 63
    The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.
  6. As guileless and eager as the most avid fan, Gunnin’ is neither cautionary nor analytical, allowing its insights to occur organically and without fancy camera moves.
  7. 30
    With no personalities established and nothing at stake, it's no more interesting than a pickup game on your local court.

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