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Someone to Watch over Me (1987)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 4,238



Movie Info

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 … More

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Someone to Watch over Me

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

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

Howard Franklin's screenplay plays less like a feature film than like the pilot for a failed television series about New York policemen.

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

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic aggressively pointless and utterly forgettable misfire from filmmaker Scott.

Full Review… | June 11, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 27, 2008

A riveting piece of cinema....Berenger at his dependable best

May 6, 2005

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

April 17, 2005

A top-drawer romantic thriller.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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

March 19, 2003

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


A Ridley Scott 'director for hire' film, but I enjoyed it.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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.

Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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