White Men Can't Jump - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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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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
Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 2, 2014
[Shelton] contributes a uniquely eccentric point of view that is simultaneously obsessed with and ambivalent about sports, athletes and competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2014
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.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 2, 2014
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 2, 2014
Writer/director Ron Shelton is that rare beast: someone who can make movies with wit, warmth and perception about American sports.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
April 2, 2014
The real pleasures of White Men are its energetic performances and dialogue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
White Men features some amusingly daft racial banter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Film4
July 31, 2008
Even basketball-phobes will enjoy it.
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A double-whammy slam-dunker of a movie.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 17, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 28, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
October 17, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 2, 2004
Amusing and fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 6, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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