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  • Summary: Sean Pamphilon, a father who has trained his son all his life to play football, pauses when his son turns twelve and is about to play tackle football. Due to concerns about player safety, Pamphilon goes on a mission to decide when it is appropriate to let his son play the game he's loved allSean Pamphilon, a father who has trained his son all his life to play football, pauses when his son turns twelve and is about to play tackle football. Due to concerns about player safety, Pamphilon goes on a mission to decide when it is appropriate to let his son play the game he's loved all his life. What results is a two-year search, where Pamphilon travels the country taking a thought provoking look at America's true national pastime. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Aug 22, 2013
    60
    The film is a thorough piece of reporting on the issues, characters and deeper cultural ramifications. But rather than present this impressive investigation as an objective reporter, Mr. Pamphilon makes the film, perhaps unnecessarily, a personal story.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Aug 20, 2013
    60
    [Pamphilon] won't wow you with his skill behind the camera, but you'll likely still find yourself nodding your head in frustrated agreement.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 20, 2013
    40
    Though full of material that will move sports fans, some questions of emphasis and lack of polish make the film less galvanizing than it might've been.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 22, 2013
    30
    A structural, chronological mess of information and emotion, so chaotically shot and edited to move from stat to image to sound bite that it suffers from its own concentration issues.

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