The Heart of the Game
The Heart of the Game (2005)

Bill Resler was a professor at the University of Washington who had possessed a passionate interest in basketball. Resler decided to put his love of the game to work when he heard that Seattle's Roosevelt High School needed a coach for… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This group of high school girls and their eccentric basketball coach easily win your heart with their unusual humanity and dynamism.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Girls have hoop dreams too. And dreams can come true at the final buzzer.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Emotional, uplifting, vexing and infuriating, it's the first basketball documentary worthy of being compared to 1994's Hoop Dreams.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Writer/director Ward Serrill's wonderful documentary, about a Seattle high school girls basketball team the Roughriders coached by the inspiring Bill Resler, is a "Hoop Dreams" of the early 21st century.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[The film] covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave Hoop Dreams its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Sketchy as it can be at times, The Heart of the Game keeps us involved.

Helene A Aasen
Film4

So many astonishing and inspirational events take place that if The Heart Of The Game wasn't such a great documentary, it could have and should have been a box office hit drama.

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Nick Funnell
Time Out

The intrusive narration, from hip hopper Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, offers little sense of real lives unfolding, more of a way being paved to an, admittedly tense, all-American triumph-over-adversity climax.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

An exhausting and thoroughly entertaining tale of race, fair play, loyalty, pregnancy and the true spirit of amateur athletics.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A nice little documentary that proves that nice guys, and nice girls, don't always finish last.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
GO ROUGHRIDERS!!! Russell has the courage that everyone should have. Fight for your dreams...make it happen no matter what. Bravo to Resler for making it… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]The one trap that a sports documentary should never fall into is to rely on the cliche of the big game that plagues their fictional… More