Like Mike Reviews

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July 3, 2002
A movie that can't help but trip over its own wholesomeness.
July 3, 2002
The movie overcomes its lack or originality in the setup by making good use of its central idea, that a pair of sneakers could make a kid into an NBA star.
July 3, 2002
In the long, dishonorable history of quickie teen-pop exploitation, Like Mike stands out for its only partly synthetic decency.
July 2, 2002
Like Mike doesn't win any points for originality. It does succeed by following a feel-good formula with a winning style, and by offering its target audience of urban kids some welcome role models and optimism.
July 2, 2002
A clean movie suitable for young children.
July 2, 2002
So accomplished is Like Mike as an article of league public relations that one is easily distracted from its schematic story line.
July 2, 2002
Any movie lucky enough to feature a single shot with Mr. Levy, Mr. Forster and Mr. Glover -- three actors with odd and unique timing -- deserves an audience.
July 2, 2002
A sure-fire heart-warmer: lively, funny yet emotion-charged and uplifting.
July 2, 2002
We're talking formula all the way, but it's a formula that works reasonably well.
July 2, 2002
Barely gets off the ground.
July 2, 2002
Like Mike will never be mistaken for an actors' showcase, but Mr. Chestnut's performance still stands out.
July 2, 2002
A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
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