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Her Alibi (1989)

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Average Rating: 1.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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A frustrated writer helps save a woman being railroaded by the law -- or is she? -- in this comic mystery with romantic overtones. Phil Blackwood (Tom Selleck) is a best-selling mystery novelist who has run into a bad case of writer's block. Hoping to find inspiration for his next book, Phil goes to the city courthouse and witnesses the arraignment of Nina Ionescu (Paulina Porizkova), a beautiful Romanian immigrant who is accused of killing a man with a pair of scissors. For Phil, it's love at

PG,

Drama, Comedy

Charlie Peters

Nov 10, 1998

Warner Home Video

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He's a mystery writer, she's a mystery; and it's also a mystery how TV fodder like this manages to get the high-gloss, top-talent treatment at studios.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The plot is ludicrous, which in itself would be perfectly acceptable given sharper handling, but both script and direction devote so much time to romantic undercurrents that the central intrigue is further divested of credibility.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A romantic melodrama of a boringness to make your average tooth extraction seem preferable.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Screenwriter Charlie Peters is the predictable piggy whose arrested pubescence informs Her Alibi. When it comes to imagination, he has much in common with his hero.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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You know a movie is in trouble when you start looking at your watch. You know it's in bad trouble when you start shaking your watch because you think it might have stopped.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A dodgy script and weak direction means the decent performances fall flat.

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Her Alibi veers with little purpose from bland drama to heavy-handed slapstick, with rhythm, characterization, and plotting better suited to television than the movies

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Trite.

June 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Her Alibi is a trifling confection, a near-invisible farce, cinematic pocket lint. That's not to say that it's a terrible movie; cake icing certainly isn't a terrible food.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Utterly innocuous and completely unmemorable.

August 14, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Watch it with the sound off to see two pretty people and miss the dumb plot.

August 1, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A pleasant lightweight piece of entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Her Alibi

A cheesy 80's classic but not that good. I remember watching this when I was younger and hoping that I would one day have a moustache as wonderful as Tom Selleck's. An impossible dream. I also remember wishing my barber was Paulina Porizkova as the I remember finding the scene with her cutting Tom Selleck's hair to be quite erotic. I think I've been far too open in this review so I will stop here. Read the stars.
November 25, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Another forgettable chapter in Tom Selleck's film non-career. Allegedly comic mystery in which he supplies a beautiful stranger with a fake alibi and we try very hard to care.
March 5, 2007
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Thriller writer Selleck provides an alibi for beautiful murder suspect Porizkova, only to wonder if he's next for the chop.
November 20, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Sam: I wonder if they gonna put me into one of those cells for executives.
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