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      Lenny Cooke

      2013 1h 30m Documentary Biography Drama List
      78% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 67% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Lenny Cooke, a once top-ranked high-school basketball player, learns a heartbreaking lesson in 2002 when he decides to skip college and place all his hopes on the NBA draft. Read More Read Less

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      Frank Ombres Film Comment Magazine That the first half of the film is largely older footage (previously shot for an earlier project by Adam Shopkorn) endows it with wistfulness. No matter how merry the events, they're obviously distant fragments of a broken dream. Dec 30, 2013 Full Review Leba Hertz San Francisco Chronicle Filmmakers Benny and Josh Safdie use real-time footage to follow this hopeful, affable young man as he becomes a bitter has-been over the course of a decade. Rated: 3/4 Dec 19, 2013 Full Review Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times A compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been. Dec 12, 2013 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...suffers from an almost total lack of an entry point for viewers without any real interest in or enthusiasm for basketball... Rated: 2/4 Jun 27, 2022 Full Review Zach Hollwedel Under the Radar The film's informed voyeuristic style ... allows Cooke's actions to speak louder than any words the often soft spoken protagonist might have shed on his life. Rated: 5.5/10 Jun 10, 2016 Full Review Eli Landes FILMINK (Australia) The Safdies have done remarkably well in resurrecting an old project, which although lacking in production value, simply needed to be seen by the world. Apr 22, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Luan R very good documentary about this sad and crazy story! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/01/24 Full Review Audience Member A true and sad warning towards young kinds with big dreams and no life experience. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review harrison r I wish the whole movie were edited like the final scene, that was what I expected! This is an unusual documentary, maybe unique, but not that interesting Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting story but suffers from Lenny not really being a likeable character. I had more empathy for both Hoop Dreams stars. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Sad that he had all his eggs in one basket like that; but a great documentary nonetheless Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Great to see should be shown at all the high end basketball camps. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Lenny Cooke, a once top-ranked high-school basketball player, learns a heartbreaking lesson in 2002 when he decides to skip college and place all his hopes on the NBA draft.
      Director
      Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
      Producer
      Adam Shopkorn
      Production Co
      Shop Korn Productions
      Genre
      Documentary, Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 30m