• PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    William Friedkin
    In Theaters:
    Feb 18, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 29, 2005
  • Paramount Home Video

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Blue Chips Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Variety

March 25, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 25, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2003
Desson Thomson
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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2004
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

| Original Score: 2/5

February 17, 2005
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/10

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2008

Film4

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 25, 2008

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

February 18, 1994
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A rare example of an entry into this genre that attempts to be honest and unique.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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