The Air Up There
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yarn isn't exactly fantastic, but it is mildly entertaining."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Like the multitude of Disney visitors to Africa before (and after) him, he must learn to respect the noble savages he wishes to exploit. Saleh and his Winabis are not for sale -- at least, not immediately."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Offensive, shop-worn comedy."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Wonderful sports comedy full of inspiring moments and exciting basketball action."
‑ Fred Topel,
"If you've never seen a movie, you may be surprised as the story goes into two specific directions, the big basketball game finale and the change in Bacon's attitude as he learns there are things more important in life than his own success."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted film."
‑ , Time Out
"Neither Max Apple's script nor Paul M. Glaser's direction succeeds in convincing you that these characters live, or that this story has anything to do with any thing."
‑ David Mills, Washington Post
"However average it is, it still passes an hour and a half."
‑ Jane Stefanski, Empire Magazine
"Not nearly as bad as you think."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This wild jumper misses the hoop."
‑ Pamela Bruce, Austin Chronicle
"Children may find this funny, but the film isn't geared to very young audiences. It includes much more violence and profanity than its PG rating indicates."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A lightweight, brainless family movie chronicling the triumph of the underdog."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's pure formula from start to finish."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Entirely predictable basketball comedy. Bacon gives better than the flick really deserves."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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