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Time Out
June 24, 2006
This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[An] effective, if overlong basketball drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
Worth seeing for Nolte's force-of-nature performance and the novelty of Shaq "emoting."
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A rare example of an entry into this genre that attempts to be honest and unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What Friedkin brings to the story is a tone that feels completely accurate; the movie is a morality play, told in the realistic, sometimes cynical terms of modern high-pressure college sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film is quite entertaining in its own right and Nolte does give it a tremendous boost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Film4
March 25, 2008
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 25, 2008
A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 25, 2008
A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 16, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
February 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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