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November 15, 2015
This was a great Blockbuster rental... seriously would watch it whenever it was on cable.
July 5, 2015
This is an annoying and crummy movie that you should not bother to watch. Thank you.
½ March 31, 2015
Eastwood and buddy cop movie should have never gone together.
½ May 27, 2013
Everything You'd Expect From An Action Flick From The 90's. A Bunch Of Bad One Liners.
October 26, 2014
It wasn't until "Unforgiven" that Clint Eastwood gained a reputation for being a respectable filmmaker. Before that time, his projects were fairly hit and miss, and they were all pretty evenly divided into those two categories. As you may be able to determine from the forgettable title, "The Rookie" is not one of his better efforts, a lazy "Dirty Harry" clone full of tired cliches and even more tired writing.

Even Clint himself looks bored with this one. You can usually count on his hilariously grumpy quips and chemistry with his co-star, but all of that is in short supply here. In fact, there's such little character development and plot set-up that it feels like you walked in on the movie at the half hour mark.

Even the action, which is sometimes the only reason to see an Eastwood film from this era in his career, is lacking here. You get the standard shoot-outs and car chases, but for a movie dealing with grand theft auto, those are disappointing too. That speaks more to Eastwood as the director, and he doesn't appear to be too involved in this at that capacity either.

It's said he only agreed to make this so that Warner Brothers would let him make "White Hunter, Black Heart." It indeed feels like a throwaway project, but we should still should be allowed to expect more from the star. The villains here, played by Sonia Braga and Raul Julia, are quite unimpressive as well. There are a few laughs and a couple of mildly interesting action sequences in "The Rookie," but this will never be confused for one of Eastwood's better films. It feels more like an afterthought for the people involved.
October 4, 2014
Trying to be funny, Trying to be action, Trying to be drama, in the end it is a mediocre movie.
½ March 13, 2014
Sgt. Nick Pulovski (Clint Eastwood) and his partner, Powell, are assigned to a case of taking down the criminal empire of a German felon, Strom (Raúl Juliá), who engages in grand theft auto and chop shop operations. During an encounter with Strom and his men, who are loading a semi-trailer truck with stolen cars, Powell is murdered. Nick, despite efforts to catch the criminals on the highway, ends up losing them. Consequently, Nick is removed from the case by his superior, Lt. Raymond Garcia, and given a new partner, David Ackerman (Charlei Sheen), a young officer recently promoted to rookie Detective, who has continual nightmares and is plagued by guilt over his brother's death, believing it was his fault as a child. Against regulations, Nick and David start investigating the Strom case. Nick tracks down a man working for Strom, Morales, whom he forces to cooperate in return for immunity. Morales, under Nick's instructions, manages to plant a two-way radio inside Strom's house without getting caught, but is still murdered later on by Strom's companion, Liesl (Sônia Braga). Feeling pressured by the authorities, Strom deduces that there is a connection between Morales and another one of his operatives, Little Felix, who has also been secretly working as an informant for Nick regarding the disclosure of his illegal activities at his wrecking yards. Through the radio, Nick and David learn that Strom is planning to leave the country after robbing a local casino of two million dollars. Strom's men set off smoke bombs inside the casino and capture the general manager, Alphonse, forcing him to open the vault for them. Inside the vault however, are Nick and David, who had conspired with Alphonse to capture Strom. Yet Liesl, knowing of David's naïveté, dares him and distracts Nick long enough for Strom to pin the detective down to the floor. Liesl shoots David in the back; although he is not killed due to his bulletproof vest. But moments later, one of Strom's men, Cruz, discovers that the vault is empty. With police surrounding the building, Strom takes Nick hostage and demands the two million dollars as a ransom. Strom, however, has his hideout rigged with explosives, planning on destroying it with Nick inside while he escapes the country with the money...

"The Rookie" was a standard cop buddy action film when it came out, but back then a new Clint Eastwood movie was the "shit" and I reckon I thought it was pretty ok. When re-seeing it 24 years later that is not really the case. It´s such a formula A cop movie and Eastwood is almost on parody mode and Sheen looks lost and high. The person who came up with the bright idea of making Sonia Braga´s and Raul Julia´s characters germans when they both are/were from Puerto Rico makes no sense at all. And besides that they are hardly that convincing as bad guys. The movie was controversial for its depiction of a provocative woman-on-man rape sequence with it garnering much publicity and to be honest why oh why was that in the film? Clint Eastwood actually agreed to do this movie in exchange for the Warner Brothers studio letting him make his personal film project, "White Hunter Black Heart" (1990). And in a way that shines through in Eastwood´s performance. Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times wrote back then "The Rookie is jammed with material and the budget was obviously large, but somehow not much pays off. It's all there on the screen, but lifeless." So true. It´s all on autopilot. My treat was to see my Twin Peaks crush Lara Flynn Boyle in a supporting role. That´s pretty much it.
February 4, 2014
This movie has some highs and some lows, but it's not as bad as the critics claim. Charlie Sheen actually kicks a lot of ass and Clint gets to say "She did not sit on my face" which is just hilarious. Much better 1990 Charlie Sheen movie then Navy SEALS.
½ April 20, 2007
12/27/2013: Not a bad movie. Average at best due to an average storyline. Some excellent actors though.
½ December 12, 2013
Sheen's acting is not good here, and the film is not even mediocre. Ugh.
½ October 17, 2013
Ridiculous and cheesy, but fun to watch! Clint Eastwood gets raped and just bites down on a bullet and takes it!
October 21, 2013
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray
½ May 4, 2013
A second below average cop film for Eastwood himself but enough to satisfy for wacky character chemistry, crude one liners, and wild Eastwood antics but misplaced some of the acting for action and memorability for a more commonly driven narrative.
½ June 4, 2013
Not one of Eastwood's better films but the floor for him is high. He plays a cop who gets a new partner after his old partner is killed in a car theft investigation. It's almost strange watching Charlie Sheen's early roles now as he has pretty much typecast himself over the last decade in two tv shows where he plays virtually the same character.
December 28, 2008
'Clint: The Crap Years'.

Just before 'Unforgiven' re-established the great star's legacy, he was peddling sub-Dirty Harry daftness like this 1990 effort.

It's on this list for a variety of dubious set-pieces. Sheenie's insufferable bar-room brawl antics and the chalk and cheese duo flying out of an exploding building in a black Mercedes add to the general silliness, but the biscuit is well and truly taken in a preposterous scene where Clint, captured by the baddies, is 'raped' by Brazilian henchwoman Sonia Braga.

Words fail.
Clintus M.
Super Reviewer
½ April 1, 2013
The Rookie is an underappreciated Eastwood film. Its non-stop action with an excellent cast, featuring Eastwood, Raul Julia, Tom Skerrit, terribly dangerous and sexy Sonja Bragga, and Charlie Sheen. With Sheen's infamous notoraity lately, I'm surprised this film hasn't gotten more attention. Sheen, following his Platoon and Wal Street roles is believable here as a blend of naivete and bravado. Eastwood is kind of a surrogate father who "school's him" on street life chasing G-rides.

The story is plausible in some places and too dumb in others, but the stunts carry it. Its basically a coming-of-age tale and a standard crime-doesn't-pay tale mostly memorable for the action. The whole "you were never there for me dad" guilt trip over the dead brother subplot was not necessary, but I bought it. I recommend it for Eastwood fans or strictly as an escapst action flick.

Lastly, notice Roberta Vasquez at the end as Sheen's new partner. She's a former LAPD officer and Playboy Playmate.
½ March 25, 2013
BAD. Clint Eastwood gets raped. Every comment is a one-liner. Charlie Sheen looks high on coke in every scene.
March 10, 2013
A few outstanding and truly novel stand-out moments. Nothing unforgetable exactly. Clint Eastwood delivers a solid performance as per usual, however it seems there is insufficient material to work with.
March 10, 2013
The movie has typical tongue in cheek humor of Clint Eastwood along with his direction. It may be a little different form other buddy cop movies of 90's but still not so great.
July 7, 2007
Totally forgettable.
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