Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.



Total Count: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,217
User image

Snipes Photos

Movie Info

Music video director Richard Murray makes his feature debut with this hip-hop crime thriller about an ambitious kid caught in the shady underworld of the recording industry. Sam Jones III (Erik Triggs) is a wannabe rap artist working menial jobs at Ill Wax Records by day and sneaking into the studio and laying down some tracks by night. His activities have already attracted the welcome attention of Cheryl (Zo Saldana), a bodacious marketing executive. Meanwhile, the company's villainous president Bobby Starr (Dean Winters) is bullying rap phoneme Prolifik (Nelly) into doing his debut record Bobby's way. On the same night that Sam and his buddy Malik sneak into the studios, Prolifik and his master tapes are abducted and soon the prime suspect appears to be none other than Sam. With the wrathful Starr on his tail and the cops closing in, Sam is forced to find the crook responsible the crime and fast. This film played at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.


Sam Jones III
as Erik Triggs
as Prolifik/Clarence
Dean Winters
as Bobby Starr
Frank Vincent
as Johnnie Marandino
Ophelia M. Turner
as Malik's Grandmother
Jessica Rodríguez
as Receptionist
Kevin Anthony
as Motel Clerk
Larry Mendte
as TV Anchor
Andy Ranley
as Engineer
Bill Grimsley
as Bystander at Crime Scene
Pace Won
as Gunman Outside Tenament No. 1
Young Zee
as Gunman Outside Tenament No. 2
Christopher Crotty
as Starr's Goon in Studio
Jonathan Dunmeyer
as Goon with Shotgun
Travis Jacobs
as Trix's Friend
Tiffany Jackson
as Stripper in Bar
William Maddox
as Kid on Scooter
Nick Abate
as Marandino's Gunman
James Silvagni
as Marandino's Driver
Sal Darigo
as Old Man at Card Table
Fred Dalton Thomas
as Security Schooly
View All

Critic Reviews for Snipes

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

  • Snipes relies too much on a scorchingly plotted dramatic scenario for its own good.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • A loud, low-budget and tired formula film that arrives cloaked in the euphemism 'urban drama.'

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Undone by its overly complicated and derivative screenplay, the glacier-paced direction and the stereotypical characters.

    Sep 24, 2002
  • Highly watchable stuff.

    Sep 20, 2002
  • Snipes is both a snore and utter tripe.

    Sep 20, 2002
  • Involving at times, but lapses quite casually into the absurd.

    Sep 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Snipes

Snipes Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features