Augmented by a trove of archival footage reaching back to the 1930s, Jesse Feldman's buoyant cinematography merges political history and sports mania into a triumphant timeline.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
The title may be less than creative and the bare-bones plot synopsis hardly feels compelling, yet the documentary offers a fascinating and heartfelt examination of history through the microcosm of one sport.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
Clearly, there's a story here. The documentary "The Other Dream Team" tells it in a smart, lively, if somewhat hectic fashion.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
I fully expect The Other Dream Team to join Do You Believe in Miracles? and Undefeated in your inspirational-sports-doc rotation.
Pete Vonder Haar - Village Voice
The production's focus is split-properly and effectively-between basketball and realpolitik.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
An inspirational if overly talkative new documentary that lives at the intersection of nationalism and sport.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It is a dream fulfilled.
Dave Hoekstra - Chicago Sun-Times
The movie sticks to the basic facts and patronizes viewers with plentiful music cues and other emotional pointers; you'd be better off learning this story from an old issue of Sports Illustrated.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Here's a twist on the plucky underdog sports movie. The Other Dream Team adds rock 'n' roll and eastern European history to the rah-rah mix.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form.
Tom Long - Detroit News
An uplifting docu from longtime producer and first-time director Marius Markevicius about the nation's unique love affair with basketball.
Robert Koehler - Variety
The presentation is conventional in style but uplifting in spirit, and worth seeing even if you know nothing about basketball.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Triumph on the basketball court catalyzes national identity for Lithuania in this historical/magical masterwork.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
A sports film to remember.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
...a deeply interesting, if conventionally structured and unflashy, documentary ... about the reassertion of national identity after generations of foreign oppression and the role of sport in nation building.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Other Dream Team is both an exceptional and exceptionally inspiring film.
Jean Lowerison - ReviewExpress.com
In an era when so much of the focus in sports is on the glam and the glitz, it's nice to be reminded that it can still be about heart and soul, too.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
The Other Dream Team becomes less a simple paean to the triumph of the human spirit and more an admission of life's complexity and messiness.
Matt Prigge - Philadelphia Weekly
The Other Dream Team wasn't the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball movie that I necessarily wanted, but it could absolutely be the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball movie that you want, assuming you want such a thing.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
Shows sports can have other goals besides winning.
Chris Foran - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Other Dream Team" is a saga of hope, courage and overcoming adversity and how a sport and its players helped a nation rekindle its voice and place on the world stage.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
If you root for documentaries with heart, "The Other Dream Team" is a slam dunk.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The lack of focus makes for a lackluster Documentary.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
This true-life sports story has a little of the same magic "Hoosiers" has.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
...a story that should be heard and remembered, because it reminds you that sometimes a sporting event carries meaning far outside the confines of the sport itself.
Sarah Boslaugh - PopMatters
An exceptional inspirational sports movie, precisely because the stakes were so high.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Quite often the film veers away from their stories to become a flag-waving work of Lithuanian nationalism.
Gerald Peary - Boston Phoenix
Markevicius tells this incredible yarn through the significantly less exciting format of an ESPN-style doc, which gets the job done with minimal flourish.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Markevicius vividly paints an inspiring picture of a group of men overcoming great political hurdles in order to bring pride back to a country that had been broken for decades and blaze a path for future generations.
Emily Kirkpatrick - Paste Magazine
Made with considerable reverence, but it doesn't quite manage to tow a tricky tonal line that's required when working with such sensitive and complicated material.
Chuck Bowen - Slant Magazine
Draws on archival footage and firsthand accounts from both players and outside observers to reveal the complex interaction of politics and athletics that colored the Euro-on-Euro competition.
Andrew Schenker - Time Out