Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to


By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sports docu scores on role models but misses the big win.

Movie NR 2022 109 minutes
Hockeyland Movie Poster

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

More Heart than Hockey

This is a movie with heart! Showcases the importance of mentors, belonging to a team, perseverance, family, friends, and working together. The scenery in Minnesota is beautiful

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This documentary falls short of all-star status -- although, as one might say about an athlete, what writer-director Tommy Haines lacks in talent, he makes up for with heart and passion. The filmmaking in Hockeyland isn't strong, and it's often difficult to tell which team is being discussed and which shaggy-haired blond kid is which. The camera is jerky and all over the place. The editing needs edits. And the audience doesn't quite know who to root for: There's no clear protagonist. Perhaps Haines started out following one story, but it didn't quite pan out, so he ended with a different one. Regardless, a lot of storylines miss the net.

But these teens shine. Their dedication to their sport is impressive and aspirational. And it's impossible not to feel their parents' pride. Haines does seem to have realized a challenge he faced with his subjects: Student athletes prepping for the big leagues are often boring. They spend all day in practice and go to sleep early. But Haines overcomes this by capturing their moments of friendship, of levity, of worry, and of communion. It's unlikely this documentary will win any competitions, but there are still worthy moments for viewers of Hockeyland.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate