Showtime Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
The thinness of the conception gives the actors so little room to maneuver that they turn in uniformly one-note performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 24, 2002
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 19, 2002
90 punitive minutes of eardrum-dicing gunplay, screeching-metal smashups, and flaccid odd-couple sniping.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 19, 2002
This has the feel of something that was written by committee and it's all been done before.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 15, 2002
So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 15, 2002
It's not so much the generally preposterous premise as it is its sloppy handling that completely unhinges the film.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 15, 2002
... Showtime isn't much of a show at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 15, 2002
You know you've entered flat dramatic terrain when William Shatner towers over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 15, 2002
[U]neven but frequently engaging comedy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 15, 2002
It's definitely a hate-yourself-in- the-morning glut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 15, 2002
If anyone ever needed a demonstration of what happens to actors when that ventriloquist known as the screenwriter is missing in action, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 15, 2002
De Niro looks bored, Murphy recycles Murphy, and you mentally add Showtime to the pile of Hollywood dreck that represents nothing more than the art of the deal.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 15, 2002
Showtime's complete lack of originality oozes off the screen like, um, rancid popcorn butter.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 15, 2002
The results are hit and miss and miss again.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 15, 2002
Everyone involved should be arrested.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 15, 2002
[N]o matter how much good will the actors generate, Showtime eventually folds under its own thinness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 15, 2002
Without a heavy dose of self-reflexive irony, the film's ample use of cliches don't come across as clever -- they're just cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
March 15, 2002
... most of Showtime is a layering of tired pop-culture tropes by actors who are not especially interested in what they're doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 15, 2002
Between them, De Niro and Murphy make Showtime the most savory and hilarious guilty pleasure of many a recent movie season.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 15, 2002
So how many exes and children does Robert De Niro have to support, anyway? It's one of the things you could think about while enduring the abysmal Showtime ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
March 15, 2002
It's really yet another anemic and formulaic Lethal Weapon-derived buddy-cop movie, trying to pass off its lack of imagination as hip knowingness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 15, 2002
Showtime's starry cast could be both an asset and a detriment. Those who trek to the 'plex predisposed to like it probably will enjoy themselves. But ticket-buyers with great expectations will wind up as glum as Mr. De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 15, 2002
The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 15, 2002
[P]artnering Murphy with Robert De Niro for the TV-cops comedy Showtime would seem to be surefire casting. The catch is that they're stuck with a script that prevents them from firing on all cylinders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 15, 2002
This movie understands exactly how much we'd like to hang out with De Niro and Murphy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 15, 2002
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
March 15, 2002
Yet another bootleg copy of the Lethal Weapon franchise.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2002
Showtime is a fine-looking film with a bouncy score and a clutch of lively songs for deft punctuation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
March 15, 2002
Sloppy, half-baked mess.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
March 15, 2002
Showtime isn't particularly assaultive, but it can still make you feel that you never want to see another car chase, explosion or gunfight again.
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Arizona Republic
March 15, 2002
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2002
A small fortune in salaries and stunt cars might have been saved if the director, Tom Dey, had spliced together bits and pieces of Midnight Run and 48 Hours (and, for that matter, Shrek).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
March 14, 2002
It's getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that Hollywood isn't laughing with us, folks. It's laughing at us.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 14, 2002
... a lead-balloon caper ...
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 14, 2002
The film is nothing more than a re-hash of other individual Murphy and De Niro outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 12, 2002
Under the routine direction of Tom Dey, Showtime looks like any cop movie made during the past decade.