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  • Summary: Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport. (Variance Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 20, 2012
    The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 19, 2012
    Head Games is particularly devastating when it shifts from the NFL and NHL, where brutality and headshots are a given, to girls' soccer and under-14 football leagues, where still-developing young necks and skulls make kids perhaps more vulnerable to head trauma than their professional counterparts.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 22, 2012
    It's a deeply humane and moving look at a complex issue that at the very least demands that a conversation begins not about short term fixes, but long term solutions.
  4. Reviewed by: Adam Litovitz
    Sep 20, 2012
    Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism. Neither a triumphant underdog like "Rudy" nor a total weepie like "The Pride of the Yankees," Head Games also deals with the illnesses and premature deaths of talented players.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 21, 2012
    Parents could be making their kids wear helmets to the library by the conclusion of helmer Steve James' science-and-sports docu Head Games, which scores solid hits on everyone from the NFL down to peewee hockey as it links contact sports, concussions and those calling for widespread reformation of the nation's athletic philosophies and priorities.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Sep 18, 2012
    The results are, cinematically speaking, a little diffuse, but any parent who's contemplating whether they should sign their kids up for Pop Warner this fall may want to watch this first.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 20, 2012
    Director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") has a worthy message, but never makes the case that he needs an entire documentary to deliver it.

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