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Love and Basketball Reviews

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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
Variety
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.
| 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
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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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball offers a rare gimpse into the life of female athletes, and Lathan's got all the right moves.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Has more than enough charm, skilled performances and appealing characters to score when it has to.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
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.
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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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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A startling debut full of emotional depth and political punch.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Phoebe Flowers
Miami Herald
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.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Offers a pleasant double whammy of roundball and romance.
| Original Score: B-
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The most passionate, clear-sighted movie ever made about women in sports.
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
The plot is convoluted and overlong, but the actors make it fresh and involving.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Uneven, a bit stilted, but with a solid cast.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
It's Hollywood's first good film built around a woman basketball player.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
An engaging sport-romance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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.
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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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B-
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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-
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Love and basketball -- if you like either one, here is a movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Epps and Lathan make terrific teammates.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Charming.