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Lenny Cooke

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In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of Lenny Cooke, who was the number-one ranked high school basketball player in America in 2001 but ends up going undrafted, and becomes a journeyman playing in little-known leagues across the world now.
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Under the Radar
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June 10, 2016

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.
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New York Times
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December 05, 2013

Like a dismaying coming-of-age movie in which little is learned beyond the fickle chemistry between dreams and business.
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New York Daily News
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December 05, 2013

It's a small film, but as a cautionary tale? Swish!
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San Francisco Chronicle
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December 19, 2013

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.
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Chicago Reader
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December 05, 2013

It's a spirited experiment in documentary form, with the directors showing great imagination in their fusion of new and archival footage, and their portrait of Cooke, assembled largely from offhand moments, conveying a sharp dramatic sensibility.
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PopMatters
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December 30, 2013

It's clear enough that even if his turns into a cautionary tale, his is also the story shared by many more kids than LeBron's.
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Shared Darkness
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December 15, 2013

Lazy, fly-on-the-wall filmmaking. The Safdie brothers have the benefit of some rare extant footage, but absolutely no idea how to shape it into an interesting narrative.
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Film Comment Magazine
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December 30, 2013

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.
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FILMINK (Australia)
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April 22, 2016

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.
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The Dissolve
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December 03, 2013

How could a top prospect drop off the map within a year? That's the cautionary tale spun by Lenny Cooke, a troubling, artfully constructed documentary.
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Los Angeles Times
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December 12, 2013

A compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been.
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AV Club
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December 05, 2013

The question of why Cooke's career never materialized hangs over the movie, but is never answered. What emerges instead is a portrait of a talented teenager being readied ... for a future that doesn't arrive.
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