Space Jam 1996

Critics score:
36 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: This film was made very quickly by animation standards, and the haste shows. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Simpler and cruder than Who Framed Roger Rabbit in terms of story and technique, this is still a great deal of fun, confirming that Jordan is every bit as mythological a creature as Daffy Duck or Yosemite Sam. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Space Jam is no Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but it works well enough. Read more

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Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: It's about time Warner Bros. revived Bugs. He was the most irreverent, intelligent, sophisticated and appealing cartoon character ever to defy gravity. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This movie, which could just as easily be called The Michael Jordan Worship Show, plays like a 90-minute homage to His Airness, selling his every virtue. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It's an inspired way to use, and kid, Jordan's image while at the same time updating Bugs Bunny & Company to doing battle in the multizillion-dollar animation sweepstakes. Read more

Milo Miles, The climactic game in Space Jam goes slack repeatedly. Read more

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle: It's the first time either Jordan or Bugs has had a starring role on the big screen. It's gimmicky Saturday-morning cartoon wackiness in your face -- funny, but brain-deadening. Read more

Time Out: Visually, it's a mess: the attempts to blend 2- and 3-D animation with live-action and computer-generated images produce scenes that are fuzzier than the storyline. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Cute, rambunctious, generally amusing rather than outright funny, this clever mix of live action, highlighted by the unequaled skills of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, and animated Looney Tunes antics will be a must-see for kids. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Jordan has immense likability, and his extraordinary talents need no further adulation. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: Sufferin' succotash! Read more

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