He Got Game Reviews

May 3, 2019
As a director, Lee continues to hone his considerable craft and is unafraid to take creative risks along the way.
September 7, 2011
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.
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
[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.
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.
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.
April 12, 2002
A two-hour air ball.
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.
January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Bucks guard Ray Allen delivers nothing less than the best performance ever put on film by a pro athlete.
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
He Got Game is Lee's best film since Malcolm X.
January 1, 2000
an effective companion piece to Hoop Dreams and Blue Chips.
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.
January 1, 2000
He Got Game is a little too sappy to be a great movie, but it puts the ball in the hole.
January 1, 2000
The wildly uneven script includes both disciplined, lively riffs and amateurishly artificial exchanges.
January 1, 2000
The year's first Hollywood movie to burst with palpable feeling.
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.
May 1, 1998