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Crossover (2006)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 63

This heartfelt but incompetent, cliche-ridden sports picture is the cinematic equivalent of an airball.

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 24

This heartfelt but incompetent, cliche-ridden sports picture is the cinematic equivalent of an airball.

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Director Preston A. Whitmore II brings the thrill of the street to the big screen with a fast-moving tale of underground basketball that proves no matter what team you play for, in the end it's all about how much game you've got. The stroke of midnight has sounded and the crowd has gathered; it's time for some basketball. Forget about the rules of the NBA, though, and throw those college credentials out the window because they don't mean a thing in this court. In a converted rail station, the

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Feb 20, 2007

$7.0M

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (63) | DVD (3)

A real air ball, so poorly scripted that most of the major plot developments occur offscreen.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I hated this movie. It's a piece of junk.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Much as they would like it to, basketball can't save the youthful inner-city players here. Nor does the ultra-fast-paced street version of the sport save this movie from predictability and tedium.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Just a few more tweaks and Crossover could have been something special -- a truly terrible movie to savor for the ages. But nooo, this street ball movie has to settle for middle-of-the-road badness.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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You can't blame Crossover for being comfortable with its own clichés. It's so blatantly formulaic that it actually grows on you if you don't dismiss it in the first five minutes.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Crossover has one redeeming quality: a heart that's in the right place. It's a bad movie with a good message -- but does anyone really want to pay $10 for an ABC After School Special version of He Got Game?

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Even though the plot forgoes the formulaic slam-dunk, hackneyed devices, low production values, and the stilted direction (by Preston A. Whitmore II) dribble the ball off the shoe and out of bounds.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The movie is also burdened by some amateurish acting in supporting roles, but Mackie and Jonathan are the real deal, and they get good support from Wayne Brady as a smarmy sports agent.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If BET made after school specials, this is what they would look like.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Writer-director Preston Whitmore II's basketball film is a well-intentioned but utterly clichéd slice of Detroit life.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There are dumb movies and then there is Crossover, a movie so devoid of logic it will leave you astounded.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

The streetball scenes, much like the plot, have a few high points but never hit their stride.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The inspirational sports movie cliches notwithstanding, Crossover is just bad filmmaking that does not serve either its cast or its audience well.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Here's a story that wanders all over the place with an ending that just about anybody could predict.

September 8, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The beginning of Crossover looks like a mash-up of McG's Fastlane and Wayne Brady's storied appearance on Chappelle's Show.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The movie looks as though it was edited in a Cuisinart, more concerned with frenetic cutting than coherent storytelling.

September 5, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Despite a superb cast, Crossover dribbles slowly, with not nearly enough time on the basketball court.

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Crossover's got game, not to mention the best of intentions. But it's too clunky by half.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The budget appears to have been blown entirely on a single yellow motorcycle and team uniforms for the underground streetball games that are the film's raison d'être.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An end-of-summer throwaway that resembles last year's Supercross in its naked ineptitude and willingness to cut corners at every turn.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The Annapolis of basketball movies... The movie bounces from scene to scene like some sort of round rubbery sphere.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Can Magazine
Can Magazine

Detroit-born independent filmmaker Preston A. Whitmore II's astonishingly inept drama revolves around the high-stakes world of streetball and the efforts of two teenagers to resist its flash and cash temptations.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Crossover

Dialogue needed to be BELIEVABLE to keep me interested whenever the performers talked.The only one that held my interest whenever he spoke was Wayne Brady (Vaughn) even though he was the sinister mind in this flick...Anthony Mackie (Tech) shining moments were brilliantly portrayed in this movie...and the basketball moves were slickly portrayed. I liked this flick. Add another star if you are a Holcombe Rucker Park streetball fan ( NYC )!
February 26, 2007
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