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

White Men Can't Jump Reviews

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Matt Chapman
Total Film
April 2, 2014
Ron Shelton's film about two basketball hustlers hasn't aged well.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: -1 out of -4..+4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Hustlin' hoops tale with too much skin for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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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
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
November 26, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
September 27, 2002
Apparently white men can't write scripts very well, either.
| Original Score: 4/10
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 2, 2014
The verbal interplay between the characters appears to be intentionally improvised, but the scenes come off as cumbersome and off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

TV Guide
March 25, 2007
Succeeds only intermittently.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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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.
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
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
Rebecca Murray
August 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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