Blue Chips
Blue Chips (1994)

Winning is everything, even if you have to lie, and cheat to do it. That is the under-lying message of this dramatic expose of college basketball recruiters. Up till recently, Pete Bell has been a winning coach for Western U's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 18, 1994
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.


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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

A good concept fails to become a good movie in this predictable tale of corruption in college basketball.

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Time Out

This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[An] effective, if overlong basketball drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
"Blue Chips" is one of my favorite basketball movies. I've seen it a few times and it still doesn't get old. A coach (Nick Nolte) that has… More
Leigh Ryan
Not too bad.
Tim Sigur
Bob Cousy shooting free throws is reason enough for three stars. The other one is for Nick Nolte and Shaq.
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Dean McKenna
I dislike Nick Nolte's character in this basketball game movie because of his face acting and plenty of coarse languages are terrible.