(1994)

Critic Reviews

98

Metascore

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100
A film like "Hoop Dreams" is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.
100
Hoop Dreams is an astonishing emotional experience — it has highs, lows, and everything in between.
100
Hoop Dreams is the most powerful movie about sports ever made.
100
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.
100
It's one of the richest movie experiences of the year, a spellbinding American epic that holds you firmly in its grip for nearly three hours.
100
Hoop Dreams has the movie equivalent of all-court vision. It picks up everything happening in the gym, in the stands and even outside. It gives us the thrill of the game, but it doesn't cheat on either the vibrant social context or the deep human story.
90
Hoop Dreams affirms the role of film as a medium for exploring social issues. And like any important documentary, this one raises crucial questions beyond what is on screen.
88
The rich texture of Hoop Dreams' drama is its greatest asset.
80
Empire
A truly great documentary.
75
Though the movie clocks in at just under three hours, it is -- aside from an occasional slow spot -- fascinating and exciting.

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