Love and Basketball Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Charming.
January 1, 2000
An engaging sport-romance.
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 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
A little treat of a tale that is exciting, touching and even moving.
January 1, 2000
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
Offers a pleasant double whammy of roundball and romance.
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
Epps and Lathan make terrific teammates.
January 1, 2000
Has more than enough charm, skilled performances and appealing characters to score when it has to.
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