Quantum Hoops
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UCSB alumnus Rick Greenwald documents the final week of the Caltech basketball team's 2006 season. The Caltech team's 240-game conference losing streak has spanned two decades, and this season's lineup includes five valedictorians who never played high-school basketball. David Duchovny narrates as the determined athletes search for that ever-elusive single win. Despite being mocked by opposing fans and facing remarkable adversity, the Caltech players strive to maintain the dedication, discipline, and heart of a championship team. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Revenge of the Nerds minus laughs plus inspirational music equals Quantum Hoops."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"David Duchovny narrates this inspirational account of Caltech's 2006 basketball season (yes, the school has a team, and at the time of filming, the squad had not won in 21 years)."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"Cal Tech basketball team's story is subject of Rick Greenwald's captivatingly quirky Quantum Hoops, a film that's as smart as its subjects--the team of smart players who continue to push their game although they consistently lose."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"The combination of David Duchovny's wry narration and the genuine charm of Greenwald's subjects is pretty tough to resist."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A pleasurable feature film that can't help but fall in love with these perennial losers...narrated with wonderful highball sincerity by David Duchovny."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Amiable if easily distracted movie."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"While it may not be the most absorbing subject for a feature documentary, the hoop dreams of a brainiac team that wants to win just once does make for an amusing diversion, especially with another season of college-bracket fever upon us."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Quantum Hoops is a terrific film."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Scratching your head because you don't know why David Duchovny provides narration for Rick Greenwald's Quantum Hoops? Hint: the truth is out there."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Everyone loves an underdog, but this is ridiculous!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Wry, good-natured picture."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Couldn't the film have told the story of a single season or explored what it means for a team of genius scientists and math whizzes not to crack the code of their failure? We get glimpses and glosses but never a story."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"One of Quantum Hoops' favorite distractions from actual games is to look at the charmingly nerdy lives of Caltech students."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"I'm not a basketball fan in the slightest, but I will admit to being wrapped up in the tension of this incredibly rousing finale. After watching this inspiring documentary, I'm sure you'll feel the same way."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"America loves its athletes, but the scholars are just as driven, determined, and successful"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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