Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Sure-fire heart-warmer: lively, funny yet emotion-charged and uplifting.
  2. Appealing movie, one of the summer's pleasant surprises.
  3. 75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    I don't want to sell Like Mike as something it's not. It's a cash-in, all right - just better written, more tightly edited, sharply performed, and a little more heartfelt than most.
  5. 75
    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. This is a message a lot of kids have been waiting to hear.
  6. 70
    Rides high on its old-fashioned sentiments and the precocious charms of its teenage star, who can be both obnoxious and endearing.
  7. The charisma of L'il Bow Wow's spirited screen presence turn a contemporary Cinderella gimmick and a by-the-numbers script into a better film than anyone would have expected.
  8. It's basketball Fantasy Camp for the cost of a movie ticket.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Apr 12, 2015
    7
    Like "Rookie of the Year", you get what you expect, and should understand between fact and fantasy, and know that before you review or see aLike "Rookie of the Year", you get what you expect, and should understand between fact and fantasy, and know that before you review or see a movie, that you would be by-partison or biast too. I Happen to know the fine line between fact and fantasy, or fiction, yet this film is just a perfectly innoccent children's film. A no-brainer for parents to let thier kids watch. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    8
    This movie is a good but not great family comedy film with cool NBA tricks. Some of the acting was a little bit off, but otherwise Like MikeThis movie is a good but not great family comedy film with cool NBA tricks. Some of the acting was a little bit off, but otherwise Like Mike is a good family movie. Full Review »