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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Appealing movie, one of the summer's pleasant surprises. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Pleasant but not more than recycled jock piffle. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This Flubbery fantasy won't win any prizes for elegant craftsmanship or originality, but it's entertaining, good-natured and a slam dunk to be a hit with young kids. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's basketball Fantasy Camp for the cost of a movie ticket. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Has something going for it that you wouldn't expect from the tired mechanics of the story — and that is the star-making appearance of 15-year-old rapper Shad Moss, who goes by the name Lil' Bow Wow. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie overcomes its lack or originality in the setup by making good use of its central idea, that a pair of sneakers could make a kid into an NBA star. This is a message a lot of kids have been waiting to hear. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    Doesn't win any points for originality. It does succeed by following a feel-good formula with a winning style, and by offering its target audience of urban kids some welcome role models and optimism. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    I don't want to sell Like Mike as something it's not. It's a cash-in, all right - just better written, more tightly edited, sharply performed, and a little more heartfelt than most. show more

  • 50
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Unfortunately, the vehicle chosen for the corn-rowed cutie's Hollywood coming-out party is pretty lame. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's not so much a movie as a joint promotion for the National Basketball Association and teenaged rap and adolescent poster-boy Lil' Bow Wow. show more

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