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Showtime (2002)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 91

Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.



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Robert DeNiro continues to lampoon his tough-guy persona with this spoof of buddy cop movies that teams him with comic co-star Eddie Murphy. DeNiro is L.A.P.D. detective Mitch Preston, a gruff, no-nonsense 28-year veteran whose bust of a drug gang is botched one night by Trey Sellars (Murphy), a bumbling patrolman who's really a frustrated actor at heart. When Mitch's aggravation is captured by a television news crew, he fires his gun in their direction and becomes an instant media celebrity,



Keith Sharon, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Aug 13, 2002


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The thinness of the conception gives the actors so little room to maneuver that they turn in uniformly one-note performances.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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90 punitive minutes of eardrum-dicing gunplay, screeching-metal smashups, and flaccid odd-couple sniping.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This has the feel of something that was written by committee and it's all been done before.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.

March 15, 2002
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It's not so much the generally preposterous premise as it is its sloppy handling that completely unhinges the film.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
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... Showtime isn't much of a show at all.

March 15, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
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A funny movie for adults and older teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Throughout the movie, De Niro scowls and looks as if something smells bad -- and something does. It's the script.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

...the real problem with Showtime is that, for a comedy, it's not nearly funny enough.

February 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Pairing no-nonsense actor Robert De Niro and comedy king Eddie Murphy may have been a clever idea rife with possibilities, but they are working for a creative team that ultimately misses its own point.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Shatner is probably the funniest person in the film, which gives you an idea just how bad it was.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The uneasy balance of comedy and action -- including a shockingly dumb moment where we're expected to cheer police brutality -- does little justice to either genre.

August 26, 2002 Full Review

Murphy is no more capable of portraying an authentic cop than he is of going to the grocery store without a posse of Hollywood hangers-on.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Showtime was right on time. I needed the laugh.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Showtime is about as crass and ridiculous as a motion picture can get without having the name Jerry Bruckheimer attached to it

August 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Showtime is closer to Slowtime.

July 30, 2002
Movie Metropolis

...such an egregious enough example of color-blind, tone-deaf incoherence that it warrants mention even amid the madding crowd of Bruckheimer debacles.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

É uma pena que, mais tarde, o próprio filme abandone o tom de paródia e passe a utilizar os mesmos clichês que havia satirizado.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Showtime is one of the hapless victims of the arrogant "if we put together a wry white man and a chatty black man and give them guns, the movie will be funny" syndrome.

May 30, 2002 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Makes a joke out of car chases for an hour and then gives us half an hour of car chases.

May 14, 2002

The very definition of autopilot.

April 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

There's surely something wrong with a comedy where the only belly laughs come from the selection of outtakes tacked onto the end credits.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source:

As I try to think back to "Showtime" and type up a review, I'm getting a headache.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source:

Chalk up another big-name star vehicle that fails to live up to a wealth of potential.

April 9, 2002 Full Review Source:

It asks nothing of the audience other than to sit back and enjoy a couple of great actors hamming it up.

April 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Showtime a lot of LOL s Movies.
December 11, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

It's not the worst thing Eddie Murphy has ever done, but it might be De Niro's. It is a failed attempt at a buddy cop revitalization. It has very little comedy that isn't stale and overdone. It was a complete waste of two good actors. Zero originality.
November 22, 2009

Super Reviewer

It wasn't very good and might be a low point in both the actors careers.
April 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Trey Sellars: Okay alright... it's show time.
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