He Got Game Reviews

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May 3, 2019
As a director, Lee continues to hone his considerable craft and is unafraid to take creative risks along the way.
September 7, 2011
January 7, 2009
A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie.
March 25, 2008
Lee's attack on how big business is not only ruining the game he loves but also playing with people's lives is direct and brave, while his passion, insight and intelligence are evident and admirable.
March 25, 2008
Lacking the moral indignation and militant politics of Lee's former work, this vibrantly colorful father-son melodrama is soft at the center, but it's one of the most accessible films Lee has made and Denzel Washington is terrific.
April 27, 2007
At the end of Mr. Lee's movie, all you feel is the distraction of Mr. Lee's stylistic exhibitionism, without which, I concede, he might not be regarded as a genius in some quarters.
March 25, 2007
[Lee] gets a charming performance from Allen, who, in his acting debut, occupies his pedestal with grace and diffidence.
March 25, 2007
Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch.
March 25, 2007
As usual, Lee tries many kinds of stylistic effects and uses wall-to-wall music (by Aaron Copland and Public Enemy); what's different this time is how personally driven the story feels.
February 9, 2006
Most scenes play too long, with a surplus of ideas, textures, tones and characters, and after 134 minutes it's clear Lee's problem with closure hasn't gone away.
April 9, 2005
Lee paints intimate characters who are about more than the game. Themes of integrity, honesty, loyalty and familial love are woven through the film resulting in a complex, thought-provoking human drama.
June 28, 2004
Shrewdly exposes the underbelly of college recruiting and the pressures exerted on talented high school basketball stars.
June 7, 2004
Flawed but powerful.
February 8, 2003
It is a wonderful thing to watch two artists work so well together. I am speaking, in this case, of Spike Lee and Denzel Washington.
January 10, 2003
The hypocritical misogyny of He Got Game is a fundamental weakness that reviewers so far have been happy to downplay or even to dismiss.
December 8, 2002
Lee should have drawn up a tighter game plan but just the same his hoops hoopla still has enough game (mostly in the form of Washington) to win over the audience.
October 15, 2002
As brilliant and perplexing as the filmmaker himself.
July 31, 2002
Only a director as good as Spike Lee could make a coherent movie out of this messy, jejune set-up ...
June 18, 2002
Washington's Jake Shuttlesworth looks tough and hard, an odd but refreshing turn for an actor long associated with handsomely heroic roles.
June 5, 2002
As much a technical achievement as a narrative one.
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