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70

Metascore

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90
Los Angeles Times
In her first feature, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells a familiar tale with first-rate acting and an underlying sense of authenticity.
88
Boston Globe
The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
88
Baltimore Sun
The conventional and the cliche are slam-dunked in favor of a fresh, authentic take on passion, ambition and coming of age.
80
Although the writing and the directing are smart and purposeful, the movie takes flight on the strength of its performances.
75
Charlotte Observer
Any critic likes to predict the rise of a star, so let me introduce you to Gina Prince-Bythewood.
70
Chicago Reader
The lush, emotional scenes are enhanced by the sound track.
70
This one has crossover hit written all over it.
67
The fact that the blatantly thumbtacked-on happy ending plays as unvarnished fairy tale adds a definite bittersweet tang of irony.
63
USA Today
One wishes producer Spike Lee had stepped in to give the dialogue some sass.
50
New York Post
Strong cast is defeated by a labored, screenplay in this overlong, clunky love story.

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