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The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Stark tale of teen drug abuse and delinquency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
October 16, 2010
An uncomfortable experience, to say the least. But also quite rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010 intoxicating, frightening and emotionally honest essay on the self-destructive impulses of the nascent artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Clint Morris
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.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
August 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
October 1, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
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
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
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
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
DiCaprio goes as far into the hell of drug abuse as any actor ever has -- and comes out a star.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
won't encourage you to start that heroin habit any time soon.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+

TV Guide
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
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