He Got Game Reviews

January 7, 2009
A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie.
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.
March 25, 2007
Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch.
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.
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.
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.
April 12, 2002
A two-hour air ball.
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.
January 1, 2000
The wildly uneven script includes both disciplined, lively riffs and amateurishly artificial exchanges.
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is a film of highs and lows.
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.
January 1, 2000
While Washington and Allen provide some memorable moments, He Got Game often feels more like a lecture than a narrative film.