Beverly Hills Cop III Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2014
It's one of the most cynically engineered sequels ever.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 2, 2014
Landis relies on routine action -- and cameos by such noted filmmakers as George Lucas, John Singleton, Martha Coolidge and others -- to hide the fact that there's no engine under his movie's hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2014
The mix of violence and laughs never gels, the rejoinders are snapless, the pace slack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2014
The movie... isn't nearly as fresh as the first Cop flick was. But I must admit that it's a whole lot more enjoyable than the contemptible crashathon known as Beverly Hills Cop II.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 2, 2014
Eddie Murphy needs to shoot off his mouth. It's his best weapon, and the one that's unique to his arsenal. When a movie mostly requires him to shoot off a gun he becomes just another action star, and another talent wasted in lazily miscalculated material.
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 2, 2014
Steven E. de Souza's script has Foley following a trail of murder and deception into an L. A. amusement park called WonderWorld. The director, John Landis, fails to exploit the possibilities.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 2, 2014
The fun of the idea in Cop 3 is the notion of a huge, corny, funny-animal park, with cops and killers running around in the tunnels. But the movie gets drowned in casual brutalism, lazy shtick and telegraphed jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The Eddie Murphy who skulks, swaggers, and -- mostly -- fires guns through Beverly Hills Cop III is like a replicant version of his former self.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Natale
Variety
March 26, 2009
The third installment of the Beverly Hills Cop series boasts a return to form by Eddie Murphy and a breezy and witty first half.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
There are germs of interest -- America's theme-park culture and obsession with weapons -- but on the whole Landis aims for the obvious.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As surely as if it were a McDonald's or a Burger King, Beverly Hills Cop III is part of a money-making franchise, though this one has been abandoned for so long it has cobwebs on top of cobwebs.
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Like most flicks conceived as marketing vehicles, it's hollow at the core.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Whatever juice is left in the Cop franchise or in the once unstoppable career of Eddie Murphy peters out ignominiously in this poor excuse for a sequel.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[A] goofy vanity project.
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The most lackluster entry in the franchise.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
One wonders where the Eddie Murphy of 48 Hours and Trading Places has gone. The irreverence is still there, but there's no verve or freshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4