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Hoop Dreams

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This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue.
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ColeSmithey.com
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July 16, 2013

Steve James's remarkable example of cinéma vérité tells the problematic journey of high school basketball stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers growing up in Chicago ghettos.
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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January 24, 2011

Epic is a word that suits Hoop Dreams well: The film seems to encompass not just a few individuals' stories, but draw archetypes out of them to personify the larger world around.
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Unforgettable.
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Film4
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March 24, 2008

The result not only follows the lives of the boys as they mature into men, suffering success and disaster along the way, but also provides a picture of tough inner-city life shorn of glamour or unnecessary melodrama.
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August 19, 2016

... well worth your time for the up close and personal view it provides of how issues of race and class play out in the lives of these talented young men and their families.
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Common Sense Media

January 01, 2011

Stunning documentary, great for older kids.
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Newsweek
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March 31, 2008

Hoop Dreams has shown us that the rules of the game are stacked against kids like Gates and Agee. Even better, it shows us how they fight back, with the inside moves of hope.
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ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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August 07, 2011

It slam-dunks documentaries that are so close-up to their subjects they cannot note the irony of adult commercialism and hard-sell hoopla overwhelming barely literate kids.
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Hollywood Reporter

June 08, 2005

An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film.
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Chicago Reader
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March 21, 2007

A heady dose of the American dream and the American nightmare combined -- a numbing investigation of how one point on an exam or one basket or turnover in a game can make all the difference in a family's fortunes.
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TIME Magazine
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August 03, 2008

It's about three hours long. But it moves like Isiah, fast and smooth, and it's over in a heartbreak.
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Variety

March 21, 2007

A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length, Hoop Dreams is a documentary slam dunk.
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