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  • Summary: This documentary focuses on the passion and energy of a girls' high school basketball team.
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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    It's a wrenching, ennobling essay on teamwork and the hard struggle to change one's life.
  3. 88
    A rousing and mesmerizing documentary.
  4. 75
    What really matters in this film are the lead characters - Resler and Russell - who are interesting enough to warrant such a cinematic endeavor. The upbeat film touches on serious issues without becoming lugubrious.
  5. Serrill has shot and edited The Heart of the Game in straightforward documentary style, with a narration by the rapper and actor Ludacris. But the dramas going on here, on and off the court, more than make up for any lack of flash.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    70
    A sweet, engaging journey with the Roosevelt Roughriders, whose kindly coach encourages the girls to snarl like wolves and devour like lions.
  7. 30
    The resulting movie (2005) covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave "Hoop Dreams" its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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