Crossover Reviews

  • Crossover skimps on court-level pyrotechnics (we get a game in the beginning and, of course, a big game at the end, and that's about it) in favor of dry urban melodrama.

    Gregory Kirschling — Entertainment Weekly

  • Bling is bad and friends are good in this story of temptation, rivalry and buck-wild cheerleaders set in the world of Detroit street basketball.

    Nathan Lee — New York Times

  • Much as they would like it to, basketball can't save the youthful inner-city players here. Nor does the ultra-fast-paced street version of the sport save this movie from predictability and tedium.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Just a few more tweaks and Crossover could have been something special -- a truly terrible movie to savor for the ages. But nooo, this street ball movie has to settle for middle-of-the-road badness.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Earnest and predictable, Crossover deserves more than the horselaughs that will probably greet it in theaters -- but not a lot more.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • An inner-city drama promoting themes of friendship, loyalty and the value of a good education should be a welcome event, but writer-director Preston Whitmore's Crossover is so badly conceived and executed, its good intentions don't help.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Crossover comes with more swooshing/zapping/whamming sound effects than a year's worth of The O'Reilly Factor.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A real air ball, so poorly scripted that most of the major plot developments occur offscreen.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A lot of Crossover's manifest failings could be forgiven if the on-court action was thrilling. But Space Jam had better basketball scenes. For that matter, so did Dr. J's The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Cross Crossover off your list of movies to see.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Crossover is a movie that fouls out in the first half.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • The underground version of basketball known as streetball comes above ground in Crossover, but the fascinating freeform game gets screened out by a ludicrous soap opera with poor dramatic moves.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • I'll believe that Kevin Federline is a Renaissance man, Mel Gibson loves matzoh and George Pataki is going to be our next president before I'll believe the premise of this movie.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The games and setting aren't gritty enough to let this urban sports drama crossover into something a general audience would care to see.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • While director-screenwriter Preston A. Whitmore II's film is to be admired for its proponing the values of a higher education over the dream of a career in the NBA, its dialogue, characterizations and situations rarely transcend the level of cliche.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • A couple of dramatic plot points come and go with the speed of a buzzer-beating shot. And like the style of play the film glorifies, it's all flash and no fundamentals.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • Even though the plot forgoes the formulaic slam-dunk, hackneyed devices, low production values, and the stilted direction (by Preston A. Whitmore II) dribble the ball off the shoe and out of bounds.

    Tom Meek — Boston Phoenix

  • The movie is also burdened by some amateurish acting in supporting roles, but Mackie and Jonathan are the real deal, and they get good support from Wayne Brady as a smarmy sports agent.

    Jim Lane — Sacramento News & Review

  • If BET made after school specials, this is what they would look like.

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