• Released
  • May 5, 1999
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • Drama
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The Basket Synopsis
A community in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I is introduced basketball.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
Well-acted, briskly paced and prettily photographed, the film is a mild-mannered family story with a caring heart, and that's ultimately...
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
As warm and reassuring as grandma's hugs.
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67

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
Woven from such promising threads that you wish it was better.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Would be solid family entertainment if it weren't for the funereal pacing, which may kill its appeal among young audiences.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Earnest and kid-friendly -- also simplistic and dramatically creaky.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
It gussies up the tale with so many random subplots that by the time we cut through the morass, the film is over.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Amiable though slow-going.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
You have no idea how determined director Rich Cowan is to suck the last drop of sap out of this tree.
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33

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
A contrived and sentimental melodrama, the film takes a promising premise and crushes it with mind-numbing repetition, sophomoric...
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30

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Despite the overplotting, there's scarcely any of the characterization that might have made some of it interesting.
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ An ambitious, complicated, and thoughtful story.
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