Love and Basketball Reviews

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March 31, 2020
[It] wrestles with complicated issues of love and friendship, competitiveness and gender identity...
February 23, 2019
A great movie that showed us a bit of Black love, even with the things that went wrong in the movie. The characters were given an opportunity to grow.
February 23, 2019
This is a classic...but it does have some problematic elements with an adult viewing.
August 24, 2018
I was nervous to rewatch Love & Basketball as an adult but thankfully, it's as smart, funny, and beautifully shot as I remembered it from my early adolescence.
November 28, 2017
It's cool, feminist, and fudges nothing.
January 1, 2011
Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13.
August 7, 2008
This romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood is well-acted.
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.
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.
April 9, 2005
Thanks to Spike Lee's production company for giving a talented newcomer a good start.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2001
This film does at least feature superior acting and a solid script.
February 9, 2001
The humor is terrific, the cinematography has a burnished glow, and the score is lush.
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