Love and Basketball Reviews

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
It's Hollywood's first good film built around a woman basketball player.
Bob Campbell
Newhouse News Service
January 1, 2000
Gina Prince-Bythewood's debut movie makes up in heart and spirit for its shortfalls in originality.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
But this is a romance movie and the main questions are: 'Did you believe in the love?' and 'Did it make you feel good?' Answers to both: Yes.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
The only touch missing from this sweet, poignant, wonderfully acted and directed romance is the voice of Judy Garland.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
Familiar but appealing ground.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 1, 2000
Reveals in appealing ways just how important friendship is romantic relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball is never really more than an amiable Cinderella story, but it leavens its subject with such heart, such idealism and such pure eroticism that it's nearly a total success.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 1, 2000
The entire production is dumbed-down.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
It too often dribbles instead of scoring, wasting time with talking-head confrontations when the real action should be in the bedroom and on the court.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 1, 2000
Ambitious first-time writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood effectively loses hold of a solid story while trying to grab onto something that looks greater but is, in fact, less.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The story, about neighbors from an affluent black L.A. suburb who fall in love while pursuing individual hoop dreams, is about as realistic as the Clippers winning the NBA championship.
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Andrea C. Basora
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball never really reconciles the two elements of its title and ultimately basketball is forced to take a backseat to love.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball is divided into four quarters; thank God there's no overtime.
Mac Verstandig
Stage Newspaper
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichéd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
| Original Score: 5/10
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichéd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Defeated by a labored, screenplay in this overlong, clunky love story about a boy and a girl brought together, then driven apart, by their basketball ambitions.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Uneven, a bit stilted, but with a solid cast.
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Of all of the projects for Spike Lee to attach his name onto, Love and Basketball may go down as one of the most idiotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
One wishes producer Spike Lee had stepped in to give the dialogue some sass.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Excessively long, agonizingly self-indulgent and full of nails-across-a-blackboard music.
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