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Elevate Review

  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2011
  • Rated: brief mild language
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Genres: Documentary

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    Four years, two continents, and a whole lot of culture shock in the making, Anne Buford's endearing and vibrantly photographed hoop-dreams doc follows a quartet of gifted West African teens from the SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal) as they head to the U.S. on basketball scholarships.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    Hoop dreams die hard, and the stories in Elevate are both sobering and thrilling.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Mr. Fall, a former scout for the Dallas Mavericks, founded the Seeds Academy to nurture his countrymen. His conviction, level gaze and firm eloquence instill pride, drive and determination in his players. Mr. Fall, a coach on the court and in life, is the real champion here.

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