More Than a Game
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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 led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the "Fab Five's" improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested--both on and off the court--as James' exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"More Than a Game is more than a feature-length profile of LeBron James, and that's good news."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"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
"No make-believe Hollywood script could match this once-in-a-lifetime, all-American story."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"Despite opening with a statement that basketball should be a means to an end rather than an end in itself, the film itself is about 99.9% basketball."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"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
"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..."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"What a cool documentary. What a cool memoir."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"There's plenty to both cheer and ponder."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Like a gambler with an inside bet, you can know the final score, but still enjoy every second of the game."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"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
"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
"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."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"What's amazing, and what Belman captures perfectly, is how Coach Dru achieves his dream of becoming a head coach by being a role model to these boys in need."
‑ Steve Ramos, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film is pretty superficial in its reporting and is by-the-numbers in its storytelling. If the subjects weren't interesting, the movie would be a complete snore."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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