Through the Fire
Through the Fire (2006)

Spend an emotional year in the life of a Coney Island basketball prodigy as filmmakers follow rising hoops star Sebastian Telfair as he struggles to overcome the adversity of the streets, transcend poverty, and earn a well-deserved place in… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Through the Fire may raise more questions than it answers, but it's no less engrossing for its flaws.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

An entertaining and compelling account of that year, even though most basketball fans will already know the ending.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

[Through the Fire] seems willing to beg off the tough questions in exchange for access.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

Valuable not because of sebastian Telfair's ultimate triumph, but because of how effectively it contrasts his achievement with the plight of so many other aspiring athletes for whom the fantasy of a pro career ultimately fails to materialize.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It doesn't have the pathos of the best sports documentaries, but Through the Fire does what ESPN wanted it to do.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

A highly satisfying documentary.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

As exciting and involving as any well-made fiction film.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Even if the outcome is already known by those who follow basketball, Through the Fire makes for a suspenseful movie with an emotional climax that exceeds any fictional screen treatment of sports heroism.

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Ronnie Scheib

With a real-life athlete as talented and charismatic as Coney Island hoop prodigy Sebastian Telfair, almost any outcome would probably have made for good drama, but Hock lucked out when life provided a happy ending.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Sebastian has the nice-guy charisma of Derek Luke and he's easy to root for

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Entertaining as a comedy viewed many years later because Sebastian Telfair ended up being no greater than a fringe player who has bounced around from team to… More