Freestyle
Freestyle (2004)

Ondene Marchant is beautiful, talented and destined to major in law at Oxford. She's spent her whole life following demanding study plans laid down by her ambitious mother Hyacinth, a high powered barrister determined to push her only… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 28, 2004
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David Jenkins
Time Out

Shabbily filmed and poorly acted, its lone positive is a compellingly awful turn by Alfie (brother of Lily) Allen, whose bumbling, velour-tracksuited date-rapist is the sleaziest thing youâ(TM)ll see this year.

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Catherine Shoard
Guardian

Some of the ball-spinning and torso-wiggling is genuinely impressive, and it's refreshing to see such stuff played out with the backdrop of a recognisable modern Britain.

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Stella Papamichael
Radio Times

otal fluff and nonsense - though director Kolton Lee does demonstrate visual flair on a low budget - this is also disingenuous and patronising.

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

Apart from Arinze Kene, the male lead, the stilted performances here, are enough to put anyone off.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Although the acting is generally closer to Grange Hill than Drury Lane, Kene shows bags of potential.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

While the two leads try their best, it's a losing battle with a plot this hackneyed, a script this underdone and some woeful supporting performances.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Freestyle is a string of flashily edited musical montages of East London youth playing basketball, hung on the flimsy framework of a sub-Grange-Hill-quality script.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Admittedly, the characters are schematically drawn, but there's real chemistry between the freestyling leads and, refreshingly given the milieu, there's not a gun in sight.

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Freestyle has the right intentions but is ultimately a disappointing drama that falls painfully flat thanks to a dismal script, poor direction and wooden performances.

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