- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
In the new sports comedy
This formulaic, kid-oriented comedy surprised critics in both the mainstream and religious press. Michael Elliott says, "The story … is both silly and predictable but, to its credit, once it establishes its credulity-stretching premise, it stays faithful to it. Even though there will be a fair amount of eye-rolling early on, it's impossible to completely dismiss this film as being ridiculous. It is ridiculous, of course … but it is also refreshing, disarming, and just outright enjoyable despite its ridiculousness."
A critic at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says, "
Bob Waliszewski (Focus on the Family) says, "There's plenty to like about Mike: family, friendship, self-sacrifice. Watch out for a few jolts of negative electricity, but this high-flying basketball flick is worth considering." Mary Draughon (Preview), Tom Snyder (Movieguide), and Phil Boatwright echo praise for the way the film deals with "serious issues." "Not a great film," says Boatwright, "but kind of fun."