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  • Summary: This documentary profiles the legendary Crispus Attucks Tigers with first hand accounts from players, coaches, and community members.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. The film, which thankfully doesn't wear out its welcome with a scant running time of 64 minutes, is fairly prosaic stylistically. But the admittedly rough-hewn footage of the games is thrilling, and the pride and self-respect instilled in the players by their success is still evident today.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    50
    The outline of a great story, but it never fills in the gaps.
  3. This is a modest documentary, actually made in 2002 but only now gaining national release, which celebrates Attucks and that particular team, but most important Coach Crowe, by all accounts a remarkable man.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    Betsy Blankenbaker's doc doesn't possess the kinetic charge of the tale itself; it's too reliant on talking heads and faded photos. Cheer feels amateurish for a generation raised on sports films. Shoulda been a slam-dunk too.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Heartfelt but only intermittently interesting documentary.
  6. Routine cinema but rich history.
  7. 30
    A dearth of game footage and a wealth of inspirational platitudes contribute to the sense of a powerful tale having already faded into yellowed newspaper clippings.