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Denzel Washington does some of his best work as a prison inmate trying to earn himself an early release by talking his estranged son into playing basketball at the governor of New York's alma mater.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A long, boring, meandering, dog of a movie."
‑ Jon Popick, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It is a wonderful thing to watch two artists work so well together. I am speaking, in this case, of Spike Lee and Denzel Washington."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ , Film4
"Shrewdly exposes the underbelly of college recruiting and the pressures exerted on talented high school basketball stars."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The hypocritical misogyny of He Got Game is a fundamental weakness that reviewers so far have been happy to downplay or even to dismiss."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"[Lee] gets a charming performance from Allen, who, in his acting debut, occupies his pedestal with grace and diffidence."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Washington's Jake Shuttlesworth looks tough and hard, an odd but refreshing turn for an actor long associated with handsomely heroic roles."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though too long by a good half hour, Lee's latest film packs a genuine emotional punch."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Flawed but powerful."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Lee should have drawn up a tighter game plan but just the same his hoops hoopla still has enough game (mostly in the form of Washington) to win over the audience."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
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