• 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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Matt Chapman
Total Film

Ron Shelton's film about two basketball hustlers hasn't aged well.

Full Review Source: Total Film

April 2, 2014
Mark R. Leeper

Occasionally very funny dialogue is not enough to rescue a story about the lives of two basketball hustlers who basically live for the game.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: -1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Hustlin' hoops tale with too much skin for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2010
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This picture is packed with fun, but it doesn't really go anywhere.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 25, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What Shelton fails to provide is a coherent structure; the film is wearyingly repetitive.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

May 12, 2001
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite charismatic performances by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as nothing-but- net shooters who might be called the Schmo and the Bro, White Men Can't Jump throws up mostly bricks.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2014
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

| Original Score: 2/5

November 26, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Apparently white men can't write scripts very well, either.

| Original Score: 4/10

September 27, 2002
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

Shelton's enthusiasm is remarkably refreshing, but it's not enough to mean well, and we don't know much more about these people or their world at the end than we learn at the beginning.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Shelton's film is so raggedy that it never finds its focus, despite another terrific performance from Snipes, one of the finest actors in movies today.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The verbal interplay between the characters appears to be intentionally improvised, but the scenes come off as cumbersome and off-kilter.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Succeeds only intermittently.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 25, 2007
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a comedy of great high spirits, with an undercurrent of sadness and sweetness that makes it a lot better than the plot itself could possibly suggest.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
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
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
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
Rebecca Murray

| Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2002
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