He Got Game Synopsis
A convict (Denzel Washington) approaches his son (Ray Allen), a basketball star.
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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Lee uses visual imagination to lift his material into the realms of hopes and dreams.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Its best moments are as exuberant and insightful as anything the screen has given us this season, and its passionate concern for believable...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
He Got Game seems to cheer for integrity, honesty and hard work while playing up its own cheap thrills.
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By James Berardinelli
This is essentially a familiar story told with consummate skill.
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Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
For all his superfan's intimacy with b-ball culture, he focuses less on the sport's fascinating mystique than on generic recapitulation of...
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Film Threat

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

By Maitland McDonagh
Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch, largely because its polemical agenda doesn't...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Coming from a major director like Spike Lee, this is a colossal disappointment. And a surprising one.
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Sweet Jesus...?!

By AuthenticCharlottean
I absolutely love this film! Ray Allen is probably my favorite NBA superstar. A very smooth stroke of a jump-shot and one hell of a debut in this "Spike Lee Joint".Denzel just never seems to...

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Rated R