Love and Basketball - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Love and Basketball Reviews

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Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Falls far short of the challenging film it aspires to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Charming.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
With its beautiful stars, posh settings and clearly delineated lines between men and women, viewers will comfortably swallow Love and Basketball's feminist undertones.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A sweet tale.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Like a really satisfying game, the score at the end of each is no indication of who will win at the final buzzer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
It is especially nice to see a movie with a primarily black cast that has a genuine feel for the culture but avoids the usual clichés.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
For all its clever basketball metaphoring, the movie does best when portraying the hard work that goes into love and happiness.
Morgan Fouch
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
A worthy debut for writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
Not a slam-dunk, perhaps, but a pretty convincing win.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Surprise! Love and Basketball is a movie that deftly combines a basketball obsession with a heartfelt love story.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
It's refreshing to see a film featuring African Americans without a single gun or scene of drug use, and one that isn't candy-coated.
| Original Score: 76/100
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The most passionate, clear-sighted movie ever made about women in sports.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Epps and Lathan share MVP honors with their novice director, as Love and Basketball chalks up a 'W.'
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
January 1, 2000
Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps do not disappoint. Alfre Woodward and Debi Morgan sneak in very strong performances. Go see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Recommended for its willingness to tackle more than just winning or losing the game.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Excessively long, agonizingly self-indulgent and full of nails-across-a-blackboard music.
J. Robert Parks
Phantom Tollbooth
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball may not break any new ground, but, like the tulips around the neighborhood, it's always nice to see something pretty, even if we've seen it before.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
An engaging sport-romance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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