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In the long, dishonorable history of quickie teen-pop exploitation, Like Mike stands out for its only partly synthetic decency.
Ebert & Roeper:
This is a lot of fun and Lil' Bow Wow, now calling himself Bow Wow, is very charming.
A squeaky-clean, warmhearted movie parents can send kids to without worries.
A ho-hum effort populated by a far more engaging cast than it deserves.
Like Mike doesn't win any points for originality. It does succeed by following a feel-good formula with a winning style, and by offering its target audience of urban kids some welcome role models and optimism.
New York Times:
Any movie lucky enough to feature a single shot with Mr. Levy, Mr. Forster and Mr. Glover -- three actors with odd and unique timing -- deserves an audience.
Both the slapstick and the schmaltz are workmanlike enough to keep the little ones' eyes wide and bright. Grown-ups should be prepared to have their nerves milked dry.
Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.
Globe and Mail:
It's not so much a movie as a joint promotion for the National Basketball Association and teenaged rap and adolescent poster-boy Lil' Bow Wow.
Dallas Morning News:
Like Mike will never be mistaken for an actors' showcase, but Mr. Chestnut's performance still stands out.
A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
The movie overcomes its lack or originality in the setup by making good use of its central idea, that a pair of sneakers could make a kid into an NBA star.
A featherweight kids' movie set against a heavily sponsored official NBA backdrop, John Schultz's Like Mike is superhero fantasy for sport-minded youngsters and the adults they watch TV with.
Bow Wow makes an impressive film debut; parents and children will love Calv's plucky can-do attitude; and the action sequences are given a little more oomph due to the presence of real life basketball pros.
As with too many studio pics, plot mechanics get in the way of what should be the lighter-than-air adventure.
Its sense of harmless, inoffensive wish fulfillment, along with its celebration of fatherhood ... is genuinely touching, if overly familiar and formulaic.