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Love and Basketball (2000)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 16

Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 5

Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.



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A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow into adulthood, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They've followed the game all their lives and have no small amount of talent on the court. As Quincy and Monica struggle to make their relationship work,


Drama, Romance


Gina Prince-Bythewood

Oct 10, 2000

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Told largely from the point of view of the woman, this career-versus-love story still develops the perspective of the man persuasively, as Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps reveal their characters' motives with nuances of expression that transcend the dialogue.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees -- and about time too.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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An unusual but engaging mix of the overwrought and the understated, a picture that, at two hours plus, keeps threatening to overstay its welcome and yet always pulls us back into its conversational orbit.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood is well-acted.

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

The surprise element here is that the film takes Monica's career, and her love of the game, as seriously, probably more seriously, than it does Quincy's.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Thanks to Spike Lee's production company for giving a talented newcomer a good start.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's a fine example of a conventionally made picture which follows all the rules yet still emerges as fresh and original.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Prince-Bythewood, a first-time feature filmmaker out of UCLA's film school, tells a story that is at once warm and heartfelt -- and often funny as well.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The chemistry between the two stars is exactly right. They are entirely believable as friends, as rivals and as lovers -- a tricky combination for any acting pair.

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

This film does at least feature superior acting and a solid script.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Uneven but satisfying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

It's the rare sports film that favors the woman's struggle over the man's in a male-dominated sport, and even rarer to reveal such a sharp, savvy contrast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Love and Basketball

I loved this movie.
August 5, 2007

Super Reviewer

The soul of the game portrayed through the eyes of two life long ambitious contemporaries...This was an extraordinary romance. see this it is a keeper of a chic flick! LOL!
August 29, 2008

Super Reviewer

It was okay. I actually liked it. You'll like it whether you like basketball or not.
June 7, 2007

Super Reviewer

This is one of my favorite movies! Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps are excellent actors! This is a movie I could watch again & again. Beautiful story of two people who were meant to be together. So sweet & touching. :-)
May 23, 2009
Deb Jarnagin

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    1. Monica Wright: I loved you since I was 11, and that shit just won't go away!
    – Submitted by Desmond S (2 years ago)
    1. Monica Wright: All's fair in love and basketball baby.
    – Submitted by Kaylene W (2 years ago)
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