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Blue Chips (1994)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

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Blue Chips examines greed, cheating, and "winning at all costs" in the world of college basketball. Nick Nolte plays the stressed-out coach on the verge of his first losing season, who hits the road in search of new players not already signed by a bigger school. He finds three prospects: a precision Chicago shooter (Anfernee Hardaway), a giant farmboy (Matt Nover), and a talented troublemaker (Shaquille O'Neal). All three, wise to the ways of college basketball recruitment, make excessive

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Mar 29, 2005

Paramount Home Video

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A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If it wasn't for some exciting roundball action, Shaquille O'Neal's hulking-dunking presence and a wonderfully guttural performance from coach Nick Nolte, you'd slither off the bench asleep.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton has a lot of passion.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[An] effective, if overlong basketball drama.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Worth seeing for Nolte's force-of-nature performance and the novelty of Shaq "emoting."

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

The on-court action is fairly bland, and photographed from all the wrong angles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Much of the movie's problem, I suspect, comes from the vast use of non-professionals in dramatic roles, whose charismatic abilities should be restricted to the basketball court and not the dramatic arena.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It is a very homogenized movie that never offends, yet never seems to be for real either.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The film is quite entertaining in its own right and Nolte does give it a tremendous boost.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Blue Chips

Bob Cousy shooting free throws is reason enough for three stars. The other one is for Nick Nolte and Shaq.
April 27, 2008
tsigur

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I dislike Nick Nolte's character in this basketball game movie because of his face acting and plenty of coarse languages are terrible.
August 5, 2007
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