Love and Basketball
Love and Basketball (2000)

A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 26, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Told largely from the point of view of the woman, this career-versus-love story still develops the perspective of the man persuasively, as Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps reveal their characters' motives with nuances of expression that transcend the dialogue.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

Satisfying, enjoyable and smart.

Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media

Good romance, but strong sexuality for a PG-13.

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Emanuel Levy

The pic is so well directed and lead performance by Sanaa Lathan so charismatic that audiences will overlook the script's flaws and root for the central duo.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Mawkishly heartfelt, but actress Sanaa Lathan performs as if she were lit from within.

Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

This romantic drama from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood is well-acted.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Stylishly shot and bursting with visual and sexual energy, this is confident black women's film-making and an eloquent tribute to the girl with the permanently grazed knees -- and about time too.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

An unusual but engaging mix of the overwrought and the understated, a picture that, at two hours plus, keeps threatening to overstay its welcome and yet always pulls us back into its conversational orbit.

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Mark Morris

The surprise element here is that the film takes Monica's career, and her love of the game, as seriously, probably more seriously, than it does Quincy's.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Rachel F
I loved this movie.
Deb Jarnagin
This is one of my favorite movies! Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps are excellent actors! This is a movie I could watch again & again. Beautiful story of two… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
The soul of the game portrayed through the eyes of two life long ambitious contemporaries...This was an extraordinary romance. see this it is a keeper of a chic… More
Andrew Fillmore
It was okay. I actually liked it. You'll like it whether you like basketball or not.