Above the Rim Reviews

September 7, 2011
March 25, 2008
A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.
May 20, 2003
Above the Rim has its formulaic elements, but it has been vigorously directed by Jeff Pollack, who appreciates the lively and unpretentious aspects of the story.
May 12, 2001
It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor.
January 1, 2000
The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.
January 1, 2000
A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.
March 23, 1994