Head Games
Head Games (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's solid and interesting work in the main, but Head Games can't help but feel like a come-down after The Interrupters.

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John Anderson

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.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The film struggles with the contradiction of knowing the serious risks while enjoying the games as participant and spectator.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Adam Litovitz
Globe and Mail

Finally, there's a sports movie for people who are caught between admiration and fear of athleticism.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The documentary by Steve James paints a devastating picture of the long-term consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players.

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A.O. Scott
New York 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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A bit more palatable than most "let me teach you a lesson"-style non-fiction films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Wu Chouin
A must see for sports fans and anyone who's curious about the effects of concussions.