Above the Rim Reviews

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
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.
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
Despite obvious weaknesses, however, the film gets a huge boost from several excellent performances.
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.