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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

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"A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton has a lot of passion."
‑ , Film4
"Worth seeing for Nolte's force-of-nature performance and the novelty of Shaq "emoting.""
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"It is a very homogenized movie that never offends, yet never seems to be for real either."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The on-court action is fairly bland, and photographed from all the wrong angles."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The film is quite entertaining in its own right and Nolte does give it a tremendous boost."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin."
‑ , Time Out
"If it wasn't for some exciting roundball action, Shaquille O'Neal's hulking-dunking presence and a wonderfully guttural performance from coach Nick Nolte, you'd slither off the bench asleep."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[An] effective, if overlong basketball drama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Much of the movie's problem, I suspect, comes from the vast use of non-professionals in dramatic roles, whose charismatic abilities should be restricted to the basketball court and not the dramatic arena."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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