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He Got Game Reviews

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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
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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.
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
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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.
Rob Macdonald
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is a film of highs and lows.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
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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
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A two-hour air ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
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
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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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.
Jon Popick
January 7, 2009
A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie.
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 Review| Original Score: A
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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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
an effective companion piece to Hoop Dreams and Blue Chips.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
As a filmmaker, Lee only gets better.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
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
Carlo Cavagna
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+
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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