Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    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.
  4. Superb, ultimately exhilarating account of Coney Island basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Lincoln High.
  5. 75
    It's hard to blame Telfair for letting his celebrity go to his head. If I were on the cover of Sports Illustrated in the 12th grade, there'd be no living with me either.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Upbeat Urbanworld documentary prizewinner, full of strong personalities and crisply edited court action.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    It's slickly shot and structured like a Bruckheimer sports weepie, but director Jonathan Hock also shows the image-production of Telfair as star.
  8. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    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.
  9. 63
    It's a pleasure to see the articulate, disciplined Telfair succeed where so many other young men have failed, but ultimately his path to success is so smoothly upbeat that there isn't much urgency to it.
  10. 50
    Through The Fire posits Telfair's good fortune as the belated fulfillment of Jamal's dreams and his family's desire to leave the projects, but it rarely gives a thought to the many thousands of gifted inner-city ballers who devote their lives to a goal that never materializes.
  11. 50
    Fails to show indignation that rich white guys are trying to get even richer at the expense of a naive black kid from the ghetto.
  12. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Through the Fire is a fraud masquerading as a documentary.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. DerekC.
    Apr 28, 2006
    Show the struggle of a talented baller trying to make pro's.
  2. ChrisC.
    Apr 13, 2006
    it was the best basketball movie i have ever seen. Sebastion Telfair is my inspiration.
  3. JosephR.
    Apr 6, 2006
    This movie really defines what faith, focus, and determination really represents.