Love and Basketball Reviews

August 1, 2003
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball wears out its welcome.
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.
January 1, 2000
Excessively long, agonizingly self-indulgent and full of nails-across-a-blackboard music.
January 1, 2000
One wishes producer Spike Lee had stepped in to give the dialogue some sass.
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.
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
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
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.
January 1, 2000
A mawkish, overly-poignant and clichd movie that mindlessly bounces along without ever making a clear statement.
January 1, 2000
The entire production is dumbed-down.
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.
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
Uneven, a bit stilted, but with a solid cast.
January 1, 2000
Love and Basketball is divided into four quarters; thank God there's no overtime.
January 1, 2000
Falls far short of the challenging film it aspires to be.