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Love and Basketball Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
It too often dribbles instead of scoring, wasting time with talking-head confrontations when the real action should be in the bedroom and on the court.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 1, 2000
The entire production is dumbed-down.
| Original Score: 6/10
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Uneven, a bit stilted, but with a solid cast.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball is divided into four quarters; thank God there's no overtime.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 1, 2000
Ambitious first-time writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood effectively loses hold of a solid story while trying to grab onto something that looks greater but is, in fact, less.
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichéd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
| Original Score: 5/10
Mac Verstandig
Stage Newspaper
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichéd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
| Original Score: 5/10
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Falls far short of the challenging film it aspires to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Excessively long, agonizingly self-indulgent and full of nails-across-a-blackboard music.
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
One wishes producer Spike Lee had stepped in to give the dialogue some sass.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
James Brundage
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Of all of the projects for Spike Lee to attach his name onto, Love and Basketball may go down as one of the most idiotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Defeated by a labored, screenplay in this overlong, clunky love story about a boy and a girl brought together, then driven apart, by their basketball ambitions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea C. Basora
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball never really reconciles the two elements of its title and ultimately basketball is forced to take a backseat to love.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The story, about neighbors from an affluent black L.A. suburb who fall in love while pursuing individual hoop dreams, is about as realistic as the Clippers winning the NBA championship.

Hollywood.com
August 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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
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.
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Although not a slam-dunk, it's a satisfying lay-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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