Hoop Dreams

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  • Summary: Two inner-city Chicago boys with hopes of becoming professional basketball players struggle to become college players.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 22, 2014
    100
    A film like "Hoop Dreams" is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    May 22, 2014
    100
    The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 22, 2014
    100
    A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length, Hoop Dreams is a documentary slam dunk.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 22, 2014
    100
    Hoop Dreams is what sportwriters would call "the total package:" intimate and illuminating in its depiction of two Chicago high-school basketball players and their goals, while never allowing an audience to forget that these boys and the families who support their struggles are part of the American fabric which hasn't received its due. [13Jan 1995, p.6]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    May 22, 2014
    100
    One of the rare sports films that devotes extensive screen time to heartbreaking losses is full of other surprises as well. [13 Oct 1994, p.1D]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    May 22, 2014
    90
    Hoop Dreams affirms the role of film as a medium for exploring social issues. And like any important documentary, this one raises crucial questions beyond what is on screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 22, 2014
    75
    Though the movie clocks in at just under three hours, it is -- aside from an occasional slow spot -- fascinating and exciting.

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  1. Aug 11, 2014
    10
    This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It's absolutely fascinating the story and evolution of these two kids through theirThis is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It's absolutely fascinating the story and evolution of these two kids through their basketball lives in high school. It's about life pure and simple with it's twists and turns that catch you off guard, the surprises both pleasant and heartbreaking. The two aspiring basketball stars engage you like few characters you will see in any documentary. And for the filmmakers to have such dedication over these years, the highest credit and thanks to them. Expand

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