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The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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July 1, 2011
What almost saves the muddled pic from fouling out is the raw dynamic performance by Leonardo DiCaprio... .
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2011
Stark tale of teen drug abuse and delinquency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2010
An uncomfortable experience, to say the least. But also quite rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 7, 2010
Bleak, depressing independent film making with an incredible performance by Leonardo Di Caprio, The Basketball Diaries shows that, if anything, it is the company you keep that will eventually lead to your downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2010
It was impossible in The Basketball Diaries not to take notice of DiCaprio's seemingly undauntable talent, as he channeled the tortures of the drug-addicted damned. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2010 intoxicating, frightening and emotionally honest essay on the self-destructive impulses of the nascent artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
July 23, 2008
Di Caprio gives a bravura turn that should've won him an Oscar
| Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2008
Although the film, like most films that deal with drug issues, has a preachy sincerity and a focus on the woes of drug use it makes for effective, compelling viewing.
March 24, 2008
For those few soul-freezing moments, you get a glimpse of the great actor Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 24, 2008
If the idea of watching Leonardo DiCaprio pout for 90 minutes gives you sweaty palms, by all means go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2008
Significantly, the movie keeps the hero's reformation offscreen as well as unexplained; it's more interested in shock effects than in candor or elucidation.
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January 26, 2006
The angel-faced DiCaprio is a gifted actor, but he lacks the authority and physical presence to keep us with him.
June 15, 2005
You never understand what really motivated this intelligent adolescent, a gifted basketball player and sensitive writer, to descend into the hellish life of a drug addict and hustler on the mean streets of New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2004
The star shines, but the movie is hard to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 20, 2004
Crushingly over-emoted and internally inconsistent; for Leo die-hards only, and how many of those are around anymore?
| Original Score: 0/5
April 1, 2003
Okay film that unjustly caused its fair share of controversy.
| Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
May 12, 2001
You leave The Basketball Diaries believing that Leonardo DiCaprio can do anything.
February 13, 2001
Although it masquerades as a cautionary tale about the horrors of heroin, this epic of teen-age angst is more accurately seen as a reverential wallow in the gutter of self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
Facile escapes are rejected, and the resolution is acceptable because we can believe it. In fact, that's the reason this film works as well as it does: credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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