More Than a Game
More Than a Game (2009)

Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player's father, and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 2, 2010
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87%



Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the film may not delve as deep as some would prefer, More Than a Game is an inspiring documentary featuring likable youngsters, a positive message, and some exciting in-game footage.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

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

Ian Buckwalter
DCist

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.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The filmmakers go a little too far with the superlatives, at times trying to portray these gifted and often immature players as bigger underdogs than they appear to be in real life. But the movie is comprehensive and interesting...

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

What a cool documentary. What a cool memoir.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

The story itself would be largely untold if Belman hadn't wheedled his way into their trust, filming his own footage and being granted use of a wealth of home-movie material.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The incredible true story of LeBron James and the Akron Fab Five"</i> This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of… More
Jason Tam
If not for the likable team of the "Fab Five" this movie would fall flat on its face. And honestly... this movie tries a little hard to portray them… More
Manu Gino
Amazing Film! Great Story of Lebron James team in Highschool and how they overcome so many obstacles to win the National Highschool championship! This… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
This is one totally awesome true life coming of age sports documentary of 5 young players that over come the obstacles of growing up, while sharing and… More
Lenny Muggsy
Surprisingly a pretty good doc, props to Lebron for not having a big head about da game, or at lease for this doc. Taking jews back to skoo.
John Ballantine
For some reason, basketball documentaries tend to be a little bit more well put together than documentaries that I have seen talking about skateboarders and… More