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The Basketball Diaries Reviews

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
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.
August 30, 2004
The star shines, but the movie is hard to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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 movie for masochists, an unrelentingly ugly 'Just Say No' propaganda movie, it might have been bankrolled by Nancy Reagan.
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
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
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