When the Garden Was Eden

This nostalgic sports documentary captures the New York Knicks at the height of their golden era during the 1970s, revealing in the process a singularly gifted and inspired team revered by its fans.


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  • ★★★★ review by Bill Shannon on Letterboxd

    I hate the fact that Rappoport feels the need to inject himself into this documentary, as if he had anything to do with the Knicks of the early '70s.

    That said, it's an incredibly entertaining and well-constructed documentary. Rappoport could be a great filmmaker if he could bear to keep himself off camera.

  • ★★★½ review by Raul Marques on Letterboxd

    These sports docs are like catnip to me. So much so, that's even hard to judge them as movies. It's standard talking-heads stuff, but those moments where it focus on one specific moment with near religious reverence are exactly what people mean when they say that their favorite team/sport/artist/series/films are more than mere escapism.

  • ★★★½ review by Jerry Downing on Letterboxd

    Directed by Michael Rapaport, who I'm a big fan of. This is a documentary about the New York Knicks greatness during the early 70's. I'm a Bulls fan, not a Knicks fan, so my enjoyment was mostly seeing that footage of Phil Jackson during his playing days.

  • ★★★★ review by DANIEL HUNTLEY on Letterboxd


    Michael Rapaport is killing the documentary game!

  • ★★★★½ review by Jeff on Letterboxd

    Great look back on when the Knicks were not the laughingstock they are now. Excellent editing with an appropriate soundtrack to send you back to the 1960s - 1970s New York City, it was a pleasure to watch. Michael Rapaport puts his own stamp on a documentary that was definitely a personal project for him.

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