• PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom Dey
    In Theaters:
    Mar 15, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 13, 2002
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Showtime Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The results are hit and miss and miss again.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 15, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film is nothing more than a re-hash of other individual Murphy and De Niro outings.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2002
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com

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

Full Review Source: Countingdown.com | Original Score: D-

April 16, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Under the routine direction of Tom Dey, Showtime looks like any cop movie made during the past decade.

March 12, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This has the feel of something that was written by committee and it's all been done before.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 19, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

... the script for Showtime, which was rushed into production to avoid last year's anticipated actors' strike, is so achingly generic it can't even score points off as easy a target as Shatner.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2002
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2/5

June 13, 2002
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

September 18, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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Yet another bootleg copy of the Lethal Weapon franchise.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 15, 2002
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 1/10

March 17, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The numerous references to other movies only show how uninspired this one is.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Both DeNiro and Murphy, no strangers to the buddy-buddy genre, are trapped in what is essentially a futile effort to make Showtime a top-of-the-line parody of the salt-n-pepper partner formulaic flicks of yesteryear

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

The entire film feels like outtakes.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2002
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2002
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

It's pathetically sanctimonious to make a satire that becomes, then grossly exceeds, that which it's meant to mock.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

March 12, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Sloppy construction and a ludicrous subplot drag down the energy, allowing it to surface in mere fits and starts.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 13, 2002
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Are we supposed to take an almost entirely unironically clichéd reluctant- buddy- cop action movie as some sort of mockery of clichéd reluctant- buddy- cop action movies?

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 17, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Showtime is closer to Slowtime.

| Original Score: 5/10

July 30, 2002
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 23, 2002
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

While it's completely pointless and silly, 'Showtime' does have one of the most vital ingredients for success - it entertains.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2003
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 19, 2002
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
March 19, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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March 24, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003

Arizona Republic
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March 15, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 15, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

FilmFour.com
May 7, 2002

Guardian [UK]
May 13, 2002
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