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  • Summary: This documentary follows basketball player Sebastian Telfair through his senior year of high school.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. 83
    An up-close, engaging and ultimately moving look at Telfair's family, his final high-school season and his decision to forsake college for the NBA.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    80
    Behind the cheering and popping flashbulbs of Through the Fire lurks another, much darker movie, one that questions the relationship between sneaker manufacturers and financially deprived kids with exceptional talent.
  3. A highly satisfying documentary tracking the hoop dreams of basketball bright light Sebastian Telfair as he made that rare leap from high school all-star to NBA draft pick.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Upbeat Urbanworld documentary prizewinner, full of strong personalities and crisply edited court action.
  5. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    70
    Though some will see this fast-paced film as proof that hoop dreams really can come true, the real strength of Through the Fire lies in its careful, often indirect questioning of the moral universe of professional sports and big-money endorsements.
  6. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    70
    It's slickly shot and structured like a Bruckheimer sports weepie, but director Jonathan Hock also shows the image-production of Telfair as star.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Through the Fire is a fraud masquerading as a documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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