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Love and Basketball Reviews

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Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood is well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Morris
March 24, 2008
The surprise element here is that the film takes Monica's career, and her love of the game, as seriously, probably more seriously, than it does Quincy's.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
Told largely from the point of view of the woman, this career-versus-love story still develops the perspective of the man persuasively, as Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps reveal their characters' motives with nuances of expression that transcend the dialogue.
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Emanuel Levy
March 26, 2007
The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees -- and about time too.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.
Read More | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Thanks to Spike Lee's production company for giving a talented newcomer a good start.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 23, 2002
An unusual but engaging mix of the overwrought and the understated, a picture that, at two hours plus, keeps threatening to overstay its welcome and yet always pulls us back into its conversational orbit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Sight and Sound
December 3, 2002
It's a fine example of a conventionally made picture which follows all the rules yet still emerges as fresh and original.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Prince-Bythewood, a first-time feature filmmaker out of UCLA's film school, tells a story that is at once warm and heartfelt -- and often funny as well.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The chemistry between the two stars is exactly right. They are entirely believable as friends, as rivals and as lovers -- a tricky combination for any acting pair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
This film does at least feature superior acting and a solid script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 9, 2001
The humor is terrific, the cinematography has a burnished glow, and the score is lush.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 9, 2001
This one has crossover hit written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It's in the small touches that this movie comes alive, and it's rare that directors can pull off this kind of thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Monica is such a dynamic individual presence that she overwhelms almost everything else in Love and Basketball.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Although not a slam-dunk, it's a satisfying lay-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is not as taut as it could have been, but I prefer its emotional perception to the pumped-up sports cliches I was sort of expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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