• Network: ESPN
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 11, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 13, 2012
    There's no denying the emotion in what transpired, firmly placing this in the same elite league with some of the sports network's fine "30 for 30" documentaries.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 13, 2012
    A well-crafted documentary directed by Nelson George tracking Johnson's life, from when he landed in Los Angeles, led the Lakers to championship titles, and how upon learning of his diagnosis helped change the world.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 13, 2012
    Magic Johnson narrates much of this astonishing story in a trademark genial manner, giving a storybook quality to the early chapters of instant fame, glory and goodwill.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 13, 2012
    Like several of the original "30 for 30" films, it gets hamstrung in spots by a particular filmmaking choice, the story itself is so strong, as are the recollections of the people who went through it, that I very much recommend watching.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 13, 2012
    Like the wonderful documentaries of ESPN's "30 for 30" series, The Announcement not only captures a remarkable person and an unforgettable moment, it proves once again the universal appeal and importance of professional sports.
  6. Reviewed by: Chad Finn
    Mar 13, 2012
    The film, directed by Nelson George, is extraordinary as the basketball player and the man himself.

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