Crossover Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2006
A real air ball, so poorly scripted that most of the major plot developments occur offscreen.
September 29, 2006
If BET made after school specials, this is what they would look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 23, 2006
Writer-director Preston Whitmore II's basketball film is a well-intentioned but utterly clichéd slice of Detroit life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andy Kurtz
Bullz-Eye.com
September 23, 2006
There are dumb movies and then there is Crossover, a movie so devoid of logic it will leave you astounded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bartley Morrisroe
Premiere Magazine
September 23, 2006
The streetball scenes, much like the plot, have a few high points but never hit their stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 16, 2006
The inspirational sports movie cliches notwithstanding, Crossover is just bad filmmaking that does not serve either its cast or its audience well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 8, 2006
Here's a story that wanders all over the place with an ending that just about anybody could predict.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 7, 2006
The beginning of Crossover looks like a mash-up of McG's Fastlane and Wayne Brady's storied appearance on Chappelle's Show.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 5, 2006
I hated this movie. It's a piece of junk.
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
September 5, 2006
The movie looks as though it was edited in a Cuisinart, more concerned with frenetic cutting than coherent storytelling.
Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
September 4, 2006
Despite a superb cast, Crossover dribbles slowly, with not nearly enough time on the basketball court.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
September 2, 2006
Crossover's got game, not to mention the best of intentions. But it's too clunky by half.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 2, 2006
An end-of-summer throwaway that resembles last year's Supercross in its naked ineptitude and willingness to cut corners at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
September 1, 2006
The Annapolis of basketball movies... The movie bounces from scene to scene like some sort of round rubbery sphere.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 1, 2006
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.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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