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Selected excerpts from reviews of Head Games.

 

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

-- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

 

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.

-- J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

 

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

-- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

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.

-- John Anderson, Variety

 

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

-- Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail

 

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.

-- A.O. Scott, New York Times

 

A complex, determined look at one of the most pernicious problems facing organized sports on all levels ....

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

 

-- Compiled by Shane Minkin

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 5, 2012 D6

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