The Heart of the Game

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  • Summary: This documentary focuses on the passion and energy of a girls' high school basketball team.

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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
    A rousing and mesmerizing documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    It captures an authentic feel-good spirit and inspirational message that most Hollywood movies barely approximate.
  4. The end result is an interesting documentary that is as unpolished and gutsy as the championship-caliber high school hoop stars at the other end of his camera.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  1. ChrisP.
    Jun 24, 2006
    10
    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. People will compare it to Hoop Dreams, and its tough to do so because Hoop Dreams was a This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. People will compare it to Hoop Dreams, and its tough to do so because Hoop Dreams was a classic. This movie probably isn't as good as Hoop Dreams because Ward Serrill didn't get as up close and personal with his characters as the Hoop Dreams' directors did. But what this movie has over Hoop Dreams is nonstop entertainment-a roller coaster ride with a happy ending. I cried at times during the movie but left with a smile on my face. Collapse
  2. WillardS.
    Jun 15, 2006
    9
    What might be lacking in visual aesthetics are made up for by a really inspiring story. My 14 year old daughter has her heart set on playing What might be lacking in visual aesthetics are made up for by a really inspiring story. My 14 year old daughter has her heart set on playing pro ball and we couldn't have enjoyed this more. This film is a must for young women - a cautionary tale as well as an inspiring one. We all felt compelled to cheer throughout the film. Expand
  3. TomP.
    Sep 13, 2006
    9
    Strong documentary. Holds together and holds attention. Sports junkies will love this.
  4. RostoforianD.
    Aug 4, 2006
    7
    great movie all around..could use better direction and more plot, but still very enjoyable and intresting...a sweet film.
  5. KenG.
    Jul 21, 2006
    6
    This really only focuses on two people. One (the star player) is interesting. The other (the coach) is not. Film-makers couldn't be 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. Expand

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