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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    He Got Game seems to cheer for integrity, honesty and hard work while playing up its own cheap thrills. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Lee uses visual imagination to lift his material into the realms of hopes and dreams. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Its best moments are as exuberant and insightful as anything the screen has given us this season, and its passionate concern for believable characters in a recognizably real world offers a refreshing change from the current spate of feel-good fantasies. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is essentially a familiar story told with consummate skill. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Coming from a major director like Spike Lee, this is a colossal disappointment. And a surprising one. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch, largely because its polemical agenda doesn't entirely eclipse the drama. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    Lee makes a great looking film, though the soap box message about greed becomes exhausted and overplayed early on. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    For all his superfan's intimacy with b-ball culture, he focuses less on the sport's fascinating mystique than on generic recapitulation of how celebrity culture seduces and devours young minority athletes. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    As is often the case with Lee, though, the film left me wishing for even more scenes of casual intimacy, still the most powerful way to carry any message. show more

  • 90
    New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The movie is a volatile combination of ambitious mythmaking and nasty reality, and like most of Spike Lee’s work, it is also an inextricable combination of good and bad. show more

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