Head Games
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From acclaimed director Steve James, Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the 'leave everything on the field' culture so prominent in American sport. Inspired by events from the book 'Head Games' written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"It's solid and interesting work in the main, but Head Games can't help but feel like a come-down after The Interrupters."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"One of the more fascinating aspects of a thoroughly entertaining movie is how incomprehensible James' proposed changes are in a country where many would list their necessities as food, shelter and Monday Night Football."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"The film struggles with the contradiction of knowing the serious risks while enjoying the games as participant and spectator."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It's exciting to watch big, powerful guys bash into each other, and a well-executed hit makes an excellent addition to any highlight reel. The problem is that the human brain is not designed to absorb repeated impact."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Players risk their health and their very lives, in futures hard to imagine when they're eight or 12 or 24. Head Games means to change those futures, for players and sports alike."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Director Steve James centers this documentary on Nowinski, but there are affecting profiles of various NFL and NHL veterans who are living with the damage -- or may have died from it."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism."
‑ Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail
"The film paints a dire picture that will strike fear into the hearts of many parents. How many concussions are too many? The documentary suggests the magic number might be one."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"There may not be a more important documentary release this year for the general health of (especially sports-playing) American kids than Head Games, an impactful look at the trauma inflicted by repeated concussions."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"It's certainly wholesome food for thought for anyone with kids in sports."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Head Games" gains credibility and power from compassion for athletes and respect for their accomplishments. But it also tries to open the eyes of sports lovers to dangers that have too often been minimized and too seldom fully understood."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A bit more palatable than most "let me teach you a lesson"-style non-fiction films."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"If you have children involved in contact sports, you must see 'Head Games.'"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Its steady, methodical style, however, does justice to its overall aim, which is to touch a nerve that has been desensitized by the media's valorization of athletes as tough guys."
‑ Adam Nayman, The Grid
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