• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ron Shelton
    In Theaters:
    Mar 27, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 14, 2001
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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White Men Can't Jump Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 2, 2014
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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They're black and white instead of fat and thin, but Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson have the makings of a classic comedy team, the Laurel and Hardy of the half-court game.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

April 2, 2014
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 2, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 2, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2014
Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Shelton] contributes a uniquely eccentric point of view that is simultaneously obsessed with and ambivalent about sports, athletes and competition.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson give lively performances as the heroes, who relate better to basketballs than to women or the business world. The movie doesn't add up to very much, though.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 2, 2014
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

[White Men Can't Jump is] like a game of pick-up basketball: it's intense, raggedy and explosive, now and then yielding moments of sheer gravity-defying grace, yet just as capable of producing air balls and pratfalls.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2014
John Ferguson
Radio Times

Writer/director Ron Shelton is that rare beast: someone who can make movies with wit, warmth and perception about American sports.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 2, 2014

People Magazine

The real pleasures of White Men are its energetic performances and dialogue.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 2, 2014
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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White Men features some amusingly daft racial banter.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011


Even basketball-phobes will enjoy it.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 31, 2008
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Snipes and Harrelson make a winning team, even if their partnership doesn't quite stand up to comparison with Eastwood and Wallach in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, or Redford and Newman in The Sting.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2007
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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A double-whammy slam-dunker of a movie.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2005
Michael Dequina

| Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

| Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Amusing and fun.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2004
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2004
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