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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.
The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.
A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.
A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.
A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.