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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
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.
October 4, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
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
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, 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
May 12, 2001
You leave The Basketball Diaries believing that Leonardo DiCaprio can do anything.
April 1, 2003
Okay film that unjustly caused its fair share of controversy.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
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
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
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
August 30, 2004
The star shines, but the movie is hard to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The angel-faced DiCaprio is a gifted actor, but he lacks the authority and physical presence to keep us with him.
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