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He Got Game

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In an attempt to be released from prison, Jake Shuttlesworth, who has been arrested after killing his wife brutally, but, he has a chance to have his freedom, if only he manages to convince his son, Jesus, a famous basketball player, to join the collage, the thing that makes him struggle, as he has only one week.
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rec.arts.movies.reviews
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January 07, 2009

A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie.
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Slate

March 25, 2007

[Lee] gets a charming performance from Allen, who, in his acting debut, occupies his pedestal with grace and diffidence.
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Chicago Reader
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March 25, 2007

As usual, Lee tries many kinds of stylistic effects and uses wall-to-wall music (by Aaron Copland and Public Enemy); what's different this time is how personally driven the story feels.
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Variety

March 25, 2008

Lacking the moral indignation and militant politics of Lee's former work, this vibrantly colorful father-son melodrama is soft at the center, but it's one of the most accessible films Lee has made and Denzel Washington is terrific.
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Time Out
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February 09, 2006

Most scenes play too long, with a surplus of ideas, textures, tones and characters, and after 134 minutes it's clear Lee's problem with closure hasn't gone away.
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Reeling Reviews
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April 09, 2005

Lee paints intimate characters who are about more than the game. Themes of integrity, honesty, loyalty and familial love are woven through the film resulting in a complex, thought-provoking human drama.
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Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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June 28, 2004

Shrewdly exposes the underbelly of college recruiting and the pressures exerted on talented high school basketball stars.
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TV Guide
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March 25, 2007

Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch.
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Film4
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March 25, 2008

Lee's attack on how big business is not only ruining the game he loves but also playing with people's lives is direct and brave, while his passion, insight and intelligence are evident and admirable.
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rec.arts.movies.reviews

June 07, 2004

Flawed but powerful.
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New York Observer
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April 27, 2007

At the end of Mr. Lee's movie, all you feel is the distraction of Mr. Lee's stylistic exhibitionism, without which, I concede, he might not be regarded as a genius in some quarters.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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June 18, 2002

Washington's Jake Shuttlesworth looks tough and hard, an odd but refreshing turn for an actor long associated with handsomely heroic roles.
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