More Than a Game Reviews

  • More Than a Game is a documentary, but it's every inch a triumph-of-the-underdogs fairy tale.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • evoted fans of the game, and especially of LeBron James, will love More Than a Game. The skeptical and the curious may find themselves wanting more.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's an inspiring tale not just for lovers of basketball, although the games featured are so thrilling and tense that it's a challenge to remain sitting placidly in one's seat.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What's almost as impressive as James's talent on the court is his poise and character.

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • Good game footage, a few clear looks at the kids behind it, but mostly as processed as Space Jam.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • The footage is terrific, and all the guys make for charismatic heroes. But Belman barely addresses the stories happening off the court.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Sometimes the narrative suffers from a surfeit of hindsight -- earnest sermonizing on the importance of friendship, family and dedication in the boys' development. The sermons are worthy ones, though, and Mr. Belman's film dramatizes what it preaches.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • It's a resonant story about four boyhood friends, determination, sacrifice, overcoming obstacles and the mentor who guides them from rough beginnings to the national basketball championship. It's about victorious lives, not games.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Expertly orchestrated and unavoidably moving, More Than a Game is nevertheless your standard inspirational sports story about spunky kids who defy the odds to become champions.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • There's no "I" in team. But there are two in stultifying.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • There is dazzling basketball here and an interesting father-son relationship (Coach Dru Joyce was father of the shortest player on the team).

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • It drags in places, becomes repetitive and could use a more rigid hand in editing, but it also has a kind of pleasing earnestness that would be lost in a more sophisticated effort.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Really, it's just an extension of the LeBron James brand, released to coincide with a book on the same subject and designed to explore the star's humble roots even while further buffing his galactic glitter.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • While More Than a Game succeeds in depicting the friends' deep mutual affection, the edges of the LeBron James story are too often smoothed to a dull, inspirational point.

    Josh Levin — Slate

  • A superb, slam-dunk documentary about young boys achieving personal and team goals on the basketball court.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • An inspiring story that works very hard to remind you it's an inspiring story at every opportunity.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • It's always risky to mix sports metaphors, but it's hard to resist the notion that the basketball-themed More Than a Game is a knockout of a sports documentary.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • While not a particularly great documentary, it succeeds hugely at what it sets out to do, aided by a dramatic storyline that would probably be dismissed as too fantastically implausible if it was in a fiction film.

    Ian Buckwalter — DCist

  • What a cool documentary. What a cool memoir.

    Linda Cook — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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