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Like Mike (2002)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 97
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 42

A pleasant and innocuous diversion for kids, but adults may have trouble sitting through the movie's predictable plotlines and schmaltz.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 15

A pleasant and innocuous diversion for kids, but adults may have trouble sitting through the movie's predictable plotlines and schmaltz.



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Movie Info

Pint-size rap music star Lil Bow Wow shows that he can play ball as well as he raps in this youth-oriented comedy about a young boy whose dream comes true in an unexpected way. Calvin Cambridge (Lil Bow Wow) is a 14-year-old boy, who, since the death of his parents, has been living in an orphanage run by the unpleasantly eccentric Stan Bittleman (Crispin Glover). While the tough but caring Sister Theresa (Anne Meara) tries to encourage the kids, Calvin knows that he and most of the other kids


Comedy, Kids & Family

Michael Elliott, Jordan Moffet

Dec 10, 2002


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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (42) | DVD (11)

[A] summer-weight but winsome basketball fantasy.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Bow Wow makes an impressive film debut; parents and children will love Calv's plucky can-do attitude; and the action sequences are given a little more oomph due to the presence of real life basketball pros.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A valueless kiddie paean to pro basketball underwritten by the NBA.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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As with too many studio pics, plot mechanics get in the way of what should be the lighter-than-air adventure.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's not so much a movie as a joint promotion for the National Basketball Association and teenaged rap and adolescent poster-boy Lil' Bow Wow.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Lil Bow Wow in family friendly fantasy.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's formulaic stuff but done with enough gusto to entertain.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's no excuse to come within a hundred feet of a screen playing this monstrosity of a movie.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There's no joke about the wretchedness that is Like Mike--except the cruel one on anyone who gets suckered into watching this crap.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

A fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained.

September 2, 2003 Full Review Source:

...Full of stereotypical characters, plot holes, and unconvincing dialogue delivered by a host of so-so actors...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Though it doesn't exactly offer any great shakes in terms of plot or character development, the film's entertaining enough to be watched by kids and adults alike.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This irritatingly feeble basketball movie for kids is co-produced by the NBA, for whom it is pretty candidly designed as a giant feature-length commercial.

January 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian

[A] dire sports film.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

Basically, this deeply unimaginative film is a feature-length advertisement for the NBA, sponsored by Nike.

November 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A fantasy fable that should keep everyone in the family entertained.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Hey, any movie that has Crispin Glover running an orphanage is good for a laugh.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

A cheery, crowd-pleasing sports fantasy built around a winning performance from a very young rap star.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

If a movie has to be wholesome OR enjoyable, I'd rather it be enjoyable. But when one comes along that's both, I'm glad to recommend it.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

Like Mike is hard to hate, but it's placid and uninspired, never delivering the goods

August 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

As predictable as a Lakers championship.

August 1, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

A movie for 11-year-old boys with sports dreams of their own and the preteen girls who worship Lil' Bow Wow.

July 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Audience Reviews for Like Mike

Full review sometime between now and 2050.
October 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Fun if a little unfocussed. Full review later.
October 3, 2011
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

You know, when a company decides to make a movie about a kid playing professional basketball, they're basically saying "We're desperate!" This movie is ridiculous, it's unoriginal, it's badly acted. Basically, it's one of the worst sports movie of all time, and this is coming from a person who loved "The Fan" and "Mr. 3000".

The worst part about the movie might be the script. It sounds like it was written by 2002, rap obsessed 5th graders. It was laughable AT BEST.

Also, the acting wasn't very good. Even Jonathan Lipnicki and Eugene Levy from "American Pie" weren't very good. But I have to say that the lowlight must go to Lil Bow wow. It's clear the kid strongly believes he's "gangster". NOTE: I have yet to see "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift", so he might have gotten better.

The whole story is extremely predictable. Kid goes to orphanage, kid learns how to play basketball, kid get's adopted by basketball player: THE END! Never before have I seen such appaling lack of creativity.

I will admit there is one thing this movie is really good at: Stealing pbits and pieces from great sports movies to make their own. Basically, this is "Angels in the Outfield" meets "Rookie of the Year" meets "The Sandlot". Sandlot and Angels are good on their own, but NOT good mixed together.

Face it directors. You guys lack the creativity to get even a B in ART CLASS!
July 7, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

Lawls Lil Bow Wow.
April 30, 2011

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