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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 25, 2008
A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2008
Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If it wasn't for some exciting roundball action, Shaquille O'Neal's hulking-dunking presence and a wonderfully guttural performance from coach Nick Nolte, you'd slither off the bench asleep.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is a very homogenized movie that never offends, yet never seems to be for real either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Much of the movie's problem, I suspect, comes from the vast use of non-professionals in dramatic roles, whose charismatic abilities should be restricted to the basketball court and not the dramatic arena.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
The on-court action is fairly bland, and photographed from all the wrong angles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 16, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide
March 25, 2008
A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
March 25, 2008
Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton has a lot of passion.
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Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 1994
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What Friedkin brings to the story is a tone that feels completely accurate; the movie is a morality play, told in the realistic, sometimes cynical terms of modern high-pressure college sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A rare example of an entry into this genre that attempts to be honest and unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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