Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Intimate, funny, moving and incredibly rousing -- even if you're allergic to sports movies.
  2. 88
    Sports movies have a purity of form. They always end with the big game, in triumph or heartbreak. So does The Heart of the Game, although the lawsuit still hangs over the team after the final free throw.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    If you or any kid over the age of 10 has even a half-interest in the definition of the word "teamwork," as well as the words "real-life suspense," this is the movie.
  4. 88
    A rousing and mesmerizing documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    This distaff "Hoop Dreams" is less of an epic than the earlier movie, and less deep, but it's got more sunshine, too.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It captures an authentic feel-good spirit and inspirational message that most Hollywood movies barely approximate.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a wrenching, ennobling essay on teamwork and the hard struggle to change one's life.
  8. The film is a furious full-court press, its subjects aflame with the kind of passion only youth can furnish.
  9. 83
    This documentary (like the fact-based 2004 feature Miracle) demonstrates how powerful true sports stories can be when they delve into the mystery of leadership instead of falling back on nostalgia.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. TomP.
    Sep 13, 2006
    Strong documentary. Holds together and holds attention. Sports junkies will love this.
  2. RostoforianD.
    Aug 4, 2006
    great movie all around..could use better direction and more plot, but still very enjoyable and intresting...a sweet film.
  3. KenG.
    Jul 21, 2006
    This really only focuses on two people. One (the star player) is interesting. The other (the coach) is not. Film-makers couldn't be bothered to let us know anyone else. Doesn't work as a Cinderella story either, as the team had been a powerhouse for years, so movie is just about it taking the final step. Not really a bad movie, just not all that good. Full Review »