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  • Summary: An adapation of Jim Carroll's memoirs of his decent from basketball star to heroin addict while in high school.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. 88
    The tale related here isn't all that original, but the honest presentation lends impact to a wrenching scenario.
  2. 75
    [Kalvert] best serves the movie by simply focusing on DiCaprio, who communicates the spirit and blunt truth of the diaries even when the movie keeps trying to soften the blow.
  3. It's an energetic, watchable mess.
  4. The results are more sleazy than insightful.
  5. Basketball Diaries is an earnest, botched effort to do justice to Carroll's book. Amazingly, though, even with Kalvert's lack of style and vision, the greatness of DiCaprio's performance is undiminished.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    The Basketball Diaries is a weak-tea rendition of Jim Carroll's much-admired cult tome about his teenage drug addiction. Leonardo DiCaprio's committed lead performance deserves a better context than this gloss on the source material.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    10
    There's little momentum, no real story line, just Carroll's tediously inevitable descent from low to lowest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 22, 2011
    9
    Was not sure what to expect coming into the movie but was very pleased with it. Young Leonardo DiCaprio was as good as he was in Inception.Was not sure what to expect coming into the movie but was very pleased with it. Young Leonardo DiCaprio was as good as he was in Inception. Mark Wahlberg did not get very much recognition for the film, I actually did not even know he was in it until the credits rolled, but did an equally astounding job. Basketball Diaries was mos definitely edgy pushing the limits. A fine addition for DiCaprio lovers and movie collectors. Collapse

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