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He Got Game Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Long after viewers have forgotten the storyline they'll remember the film's sounds and sights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Despite its problems, He Got Game has tremendous style and a fair amount of substance. Not enough to make the film a classic, but more than enough to warrant a viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
The final image, Jake Shuttlesworth's coming full circle in his relationship with Jesus, is priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sometimes brilliantly on target, sometimes way off, but never afraid to take the big shots that safer, more risk-averse filmmakers pass off when the artistic stakes are high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's He Got Game is gripping in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A good Spike Lee effort.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A highly flawed but entertaining drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The year's first Hollywood movie to burst with palpable feeling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bradley Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Despite this apparent formalism through the majority of the film, He Got Game still contains a strong emotional power near the climax, when Lee finally lets up on the effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The movie is a volatile combination of ambitious mythmaking and nasty reality, and like most of Spike Lee's work, it is also an inextricable combination of good and bad.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is flawed, but sharp and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
This stands with the most exciting pictures Lee has made since Do the Right Thing established him as one of the screen's most inventive young artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
While Washington and Allen provide some memorable moments, He Got Game often feels more like a lecture than a narrative film.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee tries to make two movies here--and give him points for almost pulling it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
There's enough thematic material here for two films; Lee decides to make them both simultaneously. The resulting film feels scattershot, heavy on interesting images and ideas but light on cohesiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
Could have used a clearer focus, but what does come sharply into view registers strongly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It's the best basketball film since White Men Can't Jump, only it's better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wallace Baine
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee's respect -- nay, worship -- of basketball is contagious and his audacious metaphors give shape to a powerful story of a father's efforts to save his son. And we all know a thing or two about that story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Spike Lee got game. Ain't no two ways about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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