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Someone to Watch over Me (1987)

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76

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 6

Its plot is sometimes hard to swallow, but some fine acting and director Ridley Scott's stylish visual flair make Someone to Watch Over Me an engaging police thriller.

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

Its plot is sometimes hard to swallow, but some fine acting and director Ridley Scott's stylish visual flair make Someone to Watch Over Me an engaging police thriller.

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Someone to Watch Over Me, a mystery thriller directed by Ridley Scott is the story of a police officer who falls in love with the woman he is hired to protect and the effect of this affair on his marriage and his life. Claire (Mimi Rogers) an extremely wealthy socialite is the sole witness to a mob murder and is in great danger. Mike (Tom Berenger), a happily married NYC police officer is assigned to protect her and takes up residence in her foyer while she waits to testify. A romance develops

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Aug 28, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (6) | DVD (3)

Even though the movie doesn't leave much of a residue, it looks terrific while you're watching it: Manhattan has seldom appeared as glitzy or as glamorous.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Most of New York, indoors and out, looks about as good as the Chrysler Building in Scott's gleaming fusion of eternal triangle and killer-on-the-loose.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Howard Franklin's screenplay plays less like a feature film than like the pilot for a failed television series about New York policemen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Movies like this are on automatic pilot. Unless we are very young, very naive or hopelessly lusting after one of the stars, there is little to interest us aside from interior decorating hints.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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...an aggressively pointless and utterly forgettable misfire from filmmaker Scott.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A guilty pleasure: Ridley Scott's fourth film is a minor work, a semi-effective combo of cop thriller and erotic noir melodrama, but it has nice visual style and the perfromances by Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers and especially Lorraine Barcco are likable.

July 27, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A riveting piece of cinema....Berenger at his dependable best

May 6, 2005
Moviehole

Scott's visual prowess overwhelms a paper-thin premise.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

A top-drawer romantic thriller.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Stylish, but aburd.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Beneath the slick performances and sumptuous production values lies a smart critique of late-1980s consumerism and, suprisingly, a genuinely engaging take on relationships.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Intriguing cop thriller, with Lorraine Bracco stealing the show as the tough cop's wife.

March 19, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Someone to Watch over Me

A predictable thriller romance type story, the actors are okay, and overall the movie is okay, not good or bad, just okay.
February 6, 2011
ajv2688

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Run of the mill 80s thriller, notable only for the nice visuals from Ridley Scott. The opening shot of the Chrysler building has been ripped off mercilessly ever since.
July 14, 2007
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Great thriller by Ridley Scott. My ever favorite actor Tom Berenger stars with Mimi Rogers in this classic thriller of a newly promoted Detective that is hired to protect a rich and beautiful witness due to her witnessing a murder. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing what's going to happen next. A good one.
September 24, 2008
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