Blue Chips Reviews

September 7, 2011
March 25, 2008
A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.
March 25, 2008
Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.
June 24, 2006
This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.
May 20, 2003
If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A rare example of an entry into this genre that attempts to be honest and unique.
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.
February 18, 1994