Above the Rim Reviews

September 7, 2011
March 25, 2008
It ain't got game.
March 25, 2008
A superficial and predictable sports drama with an inner-city background, Above the Rim nevertheless offers engaging characters, fast-paced direction, and strong performances.
March 25, 2008
A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.
August 14, 2005
March 23, 2005
A highly memorable movie
January 7, 2005
August 19, 2004
When you play with something this formulaic, you're bound to trip upon a theme that has been endlessly explored and agonizingly overdone.
May 20, 2003
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.
March 23, 2003
Although well-intentioned, this film is a notch below Blue Chips.
September 19, 2002
The actors are very good.
July 26, 2002
A very familiar dish, but prepared reasonably well.
May 12, 2001
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.
January 1, 2000
The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.
January 1, 2000
The whole thing is mired in a slow-footed sea of pedantic blather. Heavy-handed explanations are given left and right, and you wish they'd all just shut up and play the game.
January 1, 2000
Despite obvious weaknesses, however, the film gets a huge boost from several excellent performances.
January 1, 2000
A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.
March 23, 1994