The Basketball Diaries - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Will there ever be a market for a movie about a character who hurries past his drug phase because he can't wait to tell you what he did after he pulled his act together? Probably not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Not exactly upbeat watching but the charm of an early DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg makes this worthwhile viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
A movie for masochists, an unrelentingly ugly 'Just Say No' propaganda movie, it might have been bankrolled by Nancy Reagan.
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio goes as far into the hell of drug abuse as any actor ever has -- and comes out a star.
January 1, 2000
A stepped-on product that never scores.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Instead of trying to deal with this subject in some insightful way, the movie settles for exploiting and wallowing in the degradation of the central character's downward spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio has so much presence that he almost saves the day, but this is a movie that'll make you want to opt for Jim Carrey's The Basketball Diaries.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
won't encourage you to start that heroin habit any time soon.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Amazingly, though, even with Kalvert's lack of style and vision, the greatness of DiCaprio's performance is undiminished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The film's complete refusal to explore anything beyond Jim's collapse and redemption is both sentimental and finally uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
It looks like Kalvert is trying to imagine what a long form Velvet Underground video might have looked like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1/4
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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