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  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2013
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52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 3, 2013
    70
    [An] enjoyable documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    Linsanity reaffirms that the best sports stories originate with dimensional, relatable subjects who earn respect and admiration through their personal struggles and triumphs.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    Evan Jackson Leong’s film makes the most of its superior access and exciting basketball footage, overcoming repetitive stretches by sheer dint of a tremendous underdog story.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jan 24, 2014
    63
    Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong, who began following Lin when he played for Harvard, also emphasizes the importance of Lin’s tight bonds with his family and the importance of his evangelical Christianity (“I only play for God,” Lin says).
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 3, 2013
    63
    Leong’s film isn’t particularly stylish, but it makes the most of the climactic Knicks footage, as well as showcasing a sweetly goofy side of the 25-year-old, now playing for the Houston Rockets.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    While it’s a shame Leong couldn’t find a fresher approach to Lin’s story—and that he left out any postscript about his struggles the following season in Houston—he does well in setting the stakes.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 4, 2013
    58
    It’s an only-in-America success story worth recounting.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Oct 10, 2013
    50
    Lively, if overlong, documentary.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    Leong is a San Francisco native, and the documentary has a strong local feel. Lin's high school basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock and his shooting coach Doc Scheppler are interviewed extensively, as are both parents and Lin's brothers.
  10. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately, Linsanity, following the conventions of the sports bio genre, ends at its peak, with only a brief nod to these events. Lin raised his game’s possibilities; you just wish that Mr. Leong had raised his.
  11. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Sep 30, 2013
    50
    The interpolations of "heavenly" sequences of Jeremy Lin playing basketball against CGI backdrops offer a hokey visual analogue for the intersection of faith and sports in his life.
  12. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Oct 1, 2013
    30
    Linsanity doesn't—and shouldn't—hide its star's religious beliefs. But the doc should have the courage to explore them.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 3, 2013
    20
    This nothing-new-here documentary presents basketball’s onetime celebrity point guard in unguarded moments. But the result is banal and fawning, with Lin coming off as a pious, charmless subject.

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