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Fletch (1985)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 44,548



Movie Info

Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the buttons of his frustrated editor (Richard Libertini). He's also known for donning numerous disguises and assuming zany false identities to help gain … More

PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Aug 18, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Fletch

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (7) | DVD (11)

A breezy, peppy frolic and a tour de force for Chase.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Top Critic

Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This could be Bob Hope material c1942 and Chase does acquit himself well (though with cool reserve) in the gags-to-plot transitions. What dulls the enterprise is that Ritchie so keeps his distance from every character.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

What truly holds Fletch together isn't the somewhat off-putting Chase--whose screen presence was always defined by a love-it-or-hate it smugness--but his time-tested collaborators: screenwriter Bergman...and director Michael Ritchie...[Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 15, 2009
Groucho Reviews

It's not all about wacky disguises and goofy aliases. At its core, the film is a top notch mystery thriller.

Full Review… | August 14, 2008

Fast-paced and witty, this is Chase's best solo venture to date, and will hold almost anyone's attention for its well-edited 98 minutes.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Twenty-two years later, I get all the jokes, but I remain only pleasantly amused, nothing more, nothing less

Full Review… | May 2, 2007

A quick, smart, slick piece of comedy filmmaking that features a once-great comedian at the very top of his game.

Full Review… | April 24, 2007

One of Chase's best

March 10, 2005

far too silly

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

A snappy, inventive comedy with Chevy Chase.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

One of the more quotable comedies of the 1980s

June 19, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Moments of humor that still have legs today. And many moments that don't.

March 28, 2003
Hollywood Bitchslap

If you like Chevy Chase, you'll like this movie. If not, it's just a time killer.

March 6, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

My favorite comedy of all time

February 6, 2003
Aisle Seat

One of Chevy Chase's better comedies, which admittedly ain't saying a whole lot.

February 2, 2003
New Times

A sparkling light comic mystery of the kind that Hollywood doesn't make anymore -- pity.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Audience Reviews for Fletch


Fletch flicks between funny, serious, not funny, odd in quite a clumsily fashion. Only in the 80s. The editing is also all over the place, much like the story. Fletch's character traits aren't as funny as they may appear on paper either, no matter how hard Chevy Chase tries. Harsh words I know, I love Chevy Chase as much as everyone else, nostalgia helps massively and quite frankly in the 80s you could get away with this kind of thing and it's still OK!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Chevy Chase can do better, but at least FLETCH is not as predictable as I expected it to be. It's a smart, funny action-comedy that isn't quite a classic, but it sure is a good, enjoyable laugh-fest. There's clearly much to love here, especially the scene with the "defenseless babies" quote--did I just ruin it?

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


Back in '85 when Chevy Chase was somewhat popular with folks. Looking back he's a bigger clown. Serviceable investigation movie. His disguises are awesome but people should've seen it was him. The basketball player scene was a ripoff because it was only a daydream on TV. The weaker follower of the Beverly Hills Cop success.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Funny and good entertainment.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Fletch Quotes

I.M. Fletcher:
Why don't you two go down to the gym and pump each other.
– Submitted by russell b (10 months ago)
I.M. Fletcher:
Do you have caviar?
Si senor, but it is $80 dollar a portion.
I.M. Fletcher:
I better only take two then.
– Submitted by russell b (10 months ago)
Alan Stanwyck:
Will you kill me?
I.M. Fletcher:
– Submitted by russell b (10 months ago)
I.M. Fletcher:
[getting a prostate exam] Moonriver.
– Submitted by David E (2 years ago)
Alan Stanwyck:
You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
I.M. Fletcher:
I rent them. I have a lease with an option to buy.
– Submitted by Bob A (2 years ago)
I.M. Fletcher:
Print this! [shows the middle finger to his editor boss]
I.M. Fletcher:
What is he, a Mormon?
I.M. Fletcher:
Wash those windows, they have filth muck on them.
I.M. Fletcher:
My name? John, John Cocktoastin.
I.M. Fletcher:
[are you always this forward] Only with wet married women.
I.M. Fletcher:
I just have to wee-wee.
– Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)

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