White Men Can't Jump Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 2, 2014
A fresh and exuberant romantic comedy that is as smart about playground basketball as Bull Durham was about minor league baseball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2014
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.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
April 2, 2014
Harrelson's performance is rich, subtle, and delicately funny. And Snipes is just amazing: everything he does seems to leap off the screen.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
White Men features some amusingly daft racial banter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2007
This picture is packed with fun, but it doesn't really go anywhere.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A double-whammy slam-dunker of a movie.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This film unfolds in an uncommonly sweet, harmonious climate, one in which rude remarks are the sine qua non of friendship. And that benign atmosphere becomes a large part of its charm.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
What Shelton fails to provide is a coherent structure; the film is wearyingly repetitive.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For the most part, it's a provocative one-on-one between racial opposites Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is one director who loves words, and what a rare thing that is.