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

When Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill met Bill Resler, a college tax professor who moonlights as a girls' basketball coach, he didn't realize that he was about to embark on an incredible seven-year journey. Serrill, camera in hand,… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% 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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

If the drama that sweeps through The Heart of the Game is any indication, God must have a thing for girls' basketball.

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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.

Cole Smithey

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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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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Helene A Aasen

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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Flixster Audience Score: 82% 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