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The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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Gary Kamiya
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The film's complete refusal to explore anything beyond Jim's collapse and redemption is both sentimental and finally uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Not exactly upbeat watching but the charm of an early DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg makes this worthwhile viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio goes as far into the hell of drug abuse as any actor ever has -- and comes out a star.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
won't encourage you to start that heroin habit any time soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A movie for masochists, an unrelentingly ugly 'Just Say No' propaganda movie, it might have been bankrolled by Nancy Reagan.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A stepped-on product that never scores.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Amazingly, though, even with Kalvert's lack of style and vision, the greatness of DiCaprio's performance is undiminished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 4, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5

Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
August 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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