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He Got Game Reviews

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Jon Popick
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.
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Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 28, 2004
Shrewdly exposes the underbelly of college recruiting and the pressures exerted on talented high school basketball stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
June 7, 2004
Flawed but powerful.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tom Meek
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
As brilliant and perplexing as the filmmaker himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Only a director as good as Spike Lee could make a coherent movie out of this messy, jejune set-up ...
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
As much a technical achievement as a narrative one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A two-hour air ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
You can be sitting on top of the world but if your heart is weighed down with hate, you're going to be one sorry, sad soul for a very long time.
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