Above the Rim
Above the Rim (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 23, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry

A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Karen McCluskey
Empire Magazine

It ain't got game.

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Time Out

A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.

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TV Guide

A superficial and predictable sports drama with an inner-city background, Above the Rim nevertheless offers engaging characters, fast-paced direction, and strong performances.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.

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Clint Morris

A highly memorable movie

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Very cliched and dated gangster/basketball flick set in NY as a young black teen tries to get a basketball scholarship whilst battling against a local thug and… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
Should be a certified classic... The underworld view of the street ball pick-up /high school games...play or be played!
Manu Gino
The Hardest Part Of Winning Is Choosing Sides. Saw it again! One of the best basketball movies you will ever see. The story is superb and the basketball moves… More
Daniel Dolgin
Pretty good. Great music I love how they followed 2 stories.but the end was pretty predictable and it probably wouldn't be poepular without tupac
danny d
too ghetto, but i actually find tupac to be a fantastic actor
Tom S.
You gotta love Tupac as the bad guy. Some decent ball.

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