Above the Rim
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A young aspiring professional basketball player must make some tough decisions in this sports melodrama. Kyle Lee is a talented basketball player in high school. While he waits to find out if he will receive a scholarship to Georgetown he finds himself in a difficult dilemma over a playground basketball tournament. He must decide whether to follow his good-hearted coach or Birdie, the local gangster. Kyle is also feeling resentment for the security guard his mother is falling for. The coach also wants the guard to play, but due to the tragic death of a friend, the guard cannot bear the thought… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It ain't got game."
‑ Karen McCluskey, Empire Magazine
"When you play with something this formulaic, you're bound to trip upon a theme that has been endlessly explored and agonizingly overdone."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Apollo Guide
"A very familiar dish, but prepared reasonably well."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz."
‑ , Time Out
"A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A superficial and predictable sports drama with an inner-city background, Above the Rim nevertheless offers engaging characters, fast-paced direction, and strong performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although well-intentioned, this film is a notch below Blue Chips."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The whole thing is mired in a slow-footed sea of pedantic blather. Heavy-handed explanations are given left and right, and you wish they'd all just shut up and play the game."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Above the Rim has its formulaic elements, but it has been vigorously directed by Jeff Pollack, who appreciates the lively and unpretentious aspects of the story."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A highly memorable movie"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The actors are very good."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Despite obvious weaknesses, however, the film gets a huge boost from several excellent performances."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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