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He Got Game Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
As Jesus, Ray Allen gives a better performance than one would expect from a professional athlete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Washington is so consistently effective an actor that it hardly needs be said that his excellent performance as the beleaguered Jake carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
If you can find it, this is a film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lee may never have the narrow focus to sustain a film on storytelling alone, and he may never need it. What he has here is an explosion of spectacular gambits and a great high-concept hook.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
an effective companion piece to Hoop Dreams and Blue Chips.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Lee is a long way from the size and scope of his best film, Do the Right Thing, but at least he is working on a subject he cares about and is doing it with polish.
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Gary Kamiya
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is a little too sappy to be a great movie, but it puts the ball in the hole.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is Lee's best film since Malcolm X.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Though [Lee] should have drawn up a tighter game plan instead of showboating, but his hoops hoopla still has enough game (mostly in the form of Washington) for a win.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee frames the playground basketball sequences with energy and style.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
January 1, 2000
For a guy who seems so intransigent in television interviews, Spike Lee is remarkably adept at exploring all the facets of a difficult issue
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Macdonald
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is a film of highs and lows.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The most effective moments are small, when Lee lets his fine actors do their work without all the (movie) business.
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
After a couple of seriously worrying missteps, Lee is back at the top of his game, positioning himself as one of the best American filmmakers of his day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An eye-opening look at a high-pressure world.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
As a Spike Lee movie it is a little disappointing. It's not among his best work, but neither is it down among his worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
As a filmmaker, Lee only gets better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is great for looking at a sense of time and place and at the web of relationships that describes the community in the film, reasons enough for setting this film above many others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Bucks guard Ray Allen delivers nothing less than the best performance ever put on film by a pro athlete.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The wildly uneven script includes both disciplined, lively riffs and amateurishly artificial exchanges.
| Original Score: 2/4
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