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Loose Cannons (1990)


Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 1.7/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 2,816



Movie Info

In this buddy film from Bob Clark, two Washington cops (Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd) team to pursue ex-Nazis and Israelis who are battling over a home movie starring Adolf Hitler.

Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Richard Matheson , Richard Christian Matheson , Bob Clark
In Theaters:
Jul 8, 2003
TriStar Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Loose Cannons

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (17) | DVD (4)

Dan Aykroyd's dexterous multipersonality schtick is the only redeeming feature of this chase-heavy comedy.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
Top Critic

A reeking stinker of a comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Hackman and Mr. Aykroyd deserve much better. They really do. Each gives a thoroughly professional performance that is consistently undercut by the direction of Mr. Clark.

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

Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

To put it bluntly, Loose Cannons is garbage.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fires nothing but blanks

March 31, 2005
Film Threat

Not one of the best efforts from either Hackman or Aykroyd.

November 16, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Quite embarrassing, really, especially with the overacting of Dan Aykroyd.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Apollo Guide

Comedy as a form of torture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

All of this must have looked wonderful on paper, but somehow the joy of it got lost in the translation from page to screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Loose Cannons

Looking for an interesting combination in casting? well look no further, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman and Dom Deluise head this cop buddy flick. This film followed on from the popularity of the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise as did many others of the era and they are all pretty much the same. The unique carrot on a stick here is the casting really.

It certainly is an interesting choice, 80's motor mouthed quirky comedy legend Aykroyd, hard assed no nonsense Hackman and farcical spoof maestro Deluise (of the Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder spoof pack) all thrown together. This is the films downfall basically, the three leads are totally incompatible and never gel.

The film is your usual regular mismatched cop duo comedy/thriller with all the regular mismatched cop duo moments and sequences you would expect. Action is slow (with Deluise it has to be) and uninspiring and the attempted funny moments are just poor. Aykroyd is suppose to have a multiple personality disorder which you would think could be comedy isn't, its embarrassing to watch.

Pretty much a complete failure on all aspects, Hackman just doesn't fit into this kind of lunacy and it shows. Tries to be along the same lines as 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' with Wilder and Pryor but doesn't come close.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Could be funniest, could be more good writing, could be fresh... but isn't.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Only a few funny scenes provided by Dan Aykroyd, including one in which he imitates the Road Runner, save this uneven cop comedy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Loose Cannons Quotes

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