Gunnin' for That #1 Spot Synopsis
Top street basketball players compete at Harlem's famous Rucker Park.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The Summer Olympics may offer more intricate, arduous and high-stakes spectacles, but nothing will top the last half-hour of Gunnin' for...
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Portland Oregonian

By M. E. Russell
A basketball documentary where the climactic game looks like a Hong Kong wire-fu epic.
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Entertainment Weekly

Glosses over the kids' lives off the court.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves he can make a comprehensive, state-of-the-art docu of interest to basketball aficionados.
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Los Angeles Times

It's sure to satisfy the film's target youth audience's appetite for zippy visuals and swift pacing.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The film is well shot and edited, backed with a bouncy hip-hop soundtrack and full of pep.
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Chicago Tribune

Yauch clearly understands this world, but his film would have profited from looking more deeply at fewer players.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
As guileless and eager as the most avid fan, Gunnin’ is neither cautionary nor analytical, allowing its insights to occur organically and...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Culminating in a high-scoring, exciting game, "Gunnin'" scores.
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Village Voice

As each player's run through the same routine--hometown meet-and-greet, biographical sketch, hasty interview--the burden of the formulaic...
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Great documentary for serious basketball fans!

By kelkelly03
I really enjoyed Adam Yauch's documentary. I thought he did a great job of featuring eight really talented, fascinating players. As it happens, 4 of the 8 players he profiled were just drafted. If...

Gunnin Is the new Hoop Dreams

By nandi m
The release of Hoop Dreams set the standard for basketball documentaries. No film has since had the same impact; Hoop Dreams was the Michael Jordan of basketball films. So who are the Lebrons, the...


By razmatazern
Gunnin' for that #1 spot was a neat glimpse into the world of the top high school basketball players. The lives of the high school players was way more intense than I would have imagined. On the...

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Rated PG-13 | For for language