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Love and Basketball Reviews

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.
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.
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.
July 21, 2005
Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 7, 2004
Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.
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
February 9, 2001
The humor is terrific, the cinematography has a burnished glow, and the score is lush.
February 9, 2001
This one has crossover hit written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball offers a rare gimpse into the life of female athletes, and Lathan's got all the right moves.
January 1, 2000
Has more than enough charm, skilled performances and appealing characters to score when it has to.
January 1, 2000
But this is a romance movie and the main questions are: 'Did you believe in the love?' and 'Did it make you feel good?' Answers to both: Yes.
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
January 1, 2000
A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.
January 1, 2000
One wishes producer Spike Lee had stepped in to give the dialogue some sass.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball is never really more than an amiable Cinderella story, but it leavens its subject with such heart, such idealism and such pure eroticism that it's nearly a total success.
January 1, 2000
Offers a pleasant double whammy of roundball and romance.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
The most passionate, clear-sighted movie ever made about women in sports.
January 1, 2000
The plot is convoluted and overlong, but the actors make it fresh and involving.
January 1, 2000
Uneven, a bit stilted, but with a solid cast.
January 1, 2000
It's Hollywood's first good film built around a woman basketball player.
January 1, 2000
An engaging sport-romance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
In one scene a coach preaches to his team, 'Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games.' Prince-Bythewood subscribes to such a substance-over-style strategy as she resists flash and cheap dramatics.
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.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B-
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-
January 1, 2000
Love and basketball -- if you like either one, here is a movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
Although not a slam-dunk, it's a satisfying lay-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Epps and Lathan make terrific teammates.
January 1, 2000
Charming.