Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. A sprightly, lovingly researched, rather misty-eyed sports documentary that's steeped in ethnic pride.
  2. 91
    A rousing and agreeable movie that resurrects a small but important episode in baseball history that parallels the larger history of the nation.
  3. Engaging and revelatory, turning forgotten footnotes and discarded minutiae into the stuff of riveting drama and poignant laughs.
  4. 89
    Kempner's documentary is a streamlined, gorgeous piece of work, full of revelations of time, place, and person.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    88
    Tells an inspiring story, unknown or forgotten by many, while bringing the past to life and illuminating issues that persist today.
  6. Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.
  7. Scrupulously made and deeply affectionate.
  8. A model of what a largely talking-heads documentary should be, with on-camera testimonials and lots of film clips that offer layers of context.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture.
  10. Filled with delightful sequences.
  11. Hank Greenberg was to Jews what Jackie Robinson was to African Americans: a great athlete, handsome and hard-working, who took the first line of abuse from bigots and proved that his people belonged at the highest level of professional sports.

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