Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Lathan, charismatic and beautifully strong, holds the screen in every scene.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    In her first feature, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells a familiar tale with first-rate acting and an underlying sense of authenticity.
  3. Makes hoops look like the sexiest game in town.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
  5. 88
    The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Oxmaker
    Uses sports as metaphor for life with rare twist.

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