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“A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and makes us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Today, fifteen years after I first saw it, I believe "Hoop Dreams" is the great American documentary. No other documentary has ever touched me more deeply. It was relevant then, and today, as inner city neighborhoods sink deeper into the despair of children murdering children, it is more relevant."

Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times, for Hoop Dreams' 15th Anniversary in 2009.

"An extraordinarily affecting documentary."

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"Hoop Dreams, however, is not only a documentary. It is also poetry and prose, muckraking and expose, journalism and polemic. It is one of the great moviegoing experiences of my lifetime."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Hoop Dreams is a brilliantly revealing documentaryâ

Caryn James, The New York Times

"One of the best movies of the year!"

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The most powerful movie about sports ever made."

Hal Hinson, Washington Post

"One of the best films about American life I have ever seen."

Roger Ebert, Siskel & Ebert

"An intimate and compelling close-up of a classic American dream."

Bruce Williamson, Playboy Magazine


Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

"A documentary that breathes new life into the subject by showing the everyday reality of that dream."

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle