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Like Mike

children & family, comedy, sports


When a hoops-loving fourteen year old finds a mysterious pair of old sneakers, he makes the leap from playground hijinks to NBA superstardom.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    52%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Lil Bow Wow in family friendly fantasy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is a surprising amount of abuse and cruelty by adults in this movie. Bittleman lies, cheats, calls Ox an idiot, and forces the children to sell candy outdoors late at night. He burns Murph's only photo of his mother. Some kids may be upset by the orphanage and by Tracey's estrangement from his father. Make sure kids know that they must stay away from power lines and lightning. And make sure that kids know that room service is not free!

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about where the power really came from. Why did Calvin want a nickname? Why, when he wanted a family so badly, did Calvin reject some of the people who wanted to adopt him? What is a mentor, and how do you find one or become one? How much of what made Calvin a basketball star was in the shoes, and how much was in his heart?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    57%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all Like Mike reviews
  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Slick piece of cross-promotion.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Fresh:

- Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Director John Schultz's movie is as lame and predictable as you'd imagine, and it's chock full of orphanage cliches.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Calvin finds an old pair of trainers that enables him to play basketball.

- thmtsang, Saturday, September 1, 2007

1 star

goofy, decent for kids i guess

- sanjurosamurai, Thursday, January 18, 2007

2 stars

Like "Rookie of the Year", you get what you expect, and should understand between fact and fantasy, and know that before you review or see a movie, that you would be by-partison or biast too. I Happen to know the fine line between fact and fantasy, or fiction, yet this film is just a perfectly innoccent children's film. A no-brainer for parents to let thier kids watch.

- EbertsLittleApprentice, Wednesday, September 23, 2009