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LIKE MIKE



"The sports fantasy is a venerable movie genre, and it's given its due in this NBA-dusted fairy tale. 'Like Mike' blends the durable, heartstring-tugging, underdog-makes-good plots from family-friendly sports movies such as 'Angels in the Outfield' and 'The Bad News Bears' with the wide-eyed, idealistic orphans of 'Annie.' The result is predictable sentiment from first shot to last, but also sweet and likable fun...A screen star is born in pint-sized rapper Lil' Bow Wow, who has looks and charisma to spare as 13-year-old orphan Calvin Cambridge." -- Loren King, Chicago Tribune

"'Like Mike' has the synthetically wrapped pseudo-charm of a perfunctory 'Flubber' sequel...most of the movie isn't even set on the basketball court. It is, rather, a will-someone-take-this-child-home sudser...There are snoring jokes, room-service jokes, and the noisy thunk of a plot when Calvin gets his sneakers stolen." --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"It's a piece of wish fulfillment given a chewy candy center, as if it weren't sweet enough...The successful kid rapper Bow Wow is a talented actor whose boyish eagerness here is a marked contrast to his taciturn rappadocio." --Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"'Like Mike'? Not really....Although the preternaturally gifted rapper and dancer is able to strut his stuff for a few minutes, his gifts are largely wasted in favor of a tiresome story and myriad special effects sequences. Maybe next time his agents can find him a movie in which he--oh, gee, let's see--actually sings and dances." --Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

" If you happen to be allergic to corn, especially when it's processed to make the kind of syrup used liberally in movies like this, not even the slick production values and smooth visuals will prevent brain rash--especially considering that the whole movie is an extended sales pitch for the National Basketball Association at its glitziest...Both the slapstick and the schmaltz are workmanlike enough to keep the little ones' eyes wide and bright. Grown-ups should be prepared to have their nerves milked dry." --Gene Seymour, Newsday