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He Got Game Reviews

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September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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.
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+
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
June 7, 2004
Flawed but powerful.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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
October 15, 2002
As brilliant and perplexing as the filmmaker himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
June 5, 2002
As much a technical achievement as a narrative one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
January 1, 2001
If you can find it, this is a film worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
Could have used a clearer focus, but what does come sharply into view registers strongly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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-
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