• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Scott Kalvert
    In Theaters:
    Apr 21, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 30, 1998
  • PolyGram Video

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The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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Gary Kamiya
San Francisco Examiner

The film's complete refusal to explore anything beyond Jim's collapse and redemption is both sentimental and finally uninteresting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine

Not exactly upbeat watching but the charm of an early DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg makes this worthwhile viewing.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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DiCaprio goes as far into the hell of drug abuse as any actor ever has -- and comes out a star.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

won't encourage you to start that heroin habit any time soon.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Will there ever be a market for a movie about a character who hurries past his drug phase because he can't wait to tell you what he did after he pulled his act together? Probably not.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Joe Brown
Washington Post
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A movie for masochists, an unrelentingly ugly 'Just Say No' propaganda movie, it might have been bankrolled by Nancy Reagan.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A stepped-on product that never scores.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Instead of trying to deal with this subject in some insightful way, the movie settles for exploiting and wallowing in the degradation of the central character's downward spiral.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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DiCaprio has so much presence that he almost saves the day, but this is a movie that'll make you want to opt for Jim Carrey's The Basketball Diaries.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Amazingly, though, even with Kalvert's lack of style and vision, the greatness of DiCaprio's performance is undiminished.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Facile escapes are rejected, and the resolution is acceptable because we can believe it. In fact, that's the reason this film works as well as it does: credibility.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 0/5

October 4, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

| Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2003

Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 1/4

May 14, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com

| Original Score: 4/5

August 31, 2002
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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