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Starsky & Hutch (2004)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 120 | Rotten: 69

It's uneven and occasionally somewhat aimless, but Starsky & Hutch benefits from Stiller and Wilson's chemistry and a surprisingly warm-hearted script.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 16

It's uneven and occasionally somewhat aimless, but Starsky & Hutch benefits from Stiller and Wilson's chemistry and a surprisingly warm-hearted script.



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Starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the title roles, this kitschy tongue-in cheek action comedy is based on the popular 1970s cop show of the same name. Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson (Wilson) and Dave Starsky (Stiller) are a tough pair of plain-clothes cops who drive a red and white Ford Torino and solve cases with the assistance of their informant, Huggy Bear (Snoop Dogg). While investigating their latest case, the duo realize that the culprit is none other than Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn), the

Jul 20, 2004


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All Critics (190) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (69) | DVD (34)

Too amiable to cook up anything truly memorable...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Stiller and Wilson look bewildered.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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A sterling supporting cast -- down to the tiniest bit parts -- provides enough astringent intelligence to make the slobbering sentimentality go down with ease.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (2)
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Moves slowly and without much grace; it tries to jiggle laughs out of us instead of letting them flow freely.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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There is a comic-book devouring, Playboy-stashing adolescent male heart thumping rather sweetly at the core of this homage-spoof.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A scattershot cop comedy that aims its parodistic firepower not at any single target -- least of all its namesake -- but at an entire decade.

March 5, 2004
Washington Post
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Silly, but lots of fun for older teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hollywood continues yet again to draw its source material from television which this sub-par adaptation of a classic television show.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Stiller and Wilson are far less serious than their television role models (Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul) but still drive the hell out of the souped-up Ford Gran Torino muscle car that boosted the show's visual appeal.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

A buddy cop movie filled with genuine laughs.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film is as clever as it is silly, more warmhearted than sentimental and just as irreverent as it is nostalgic.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Cartoonish but clever, with the bulk of the fun coming when Wilson's wry wit meets Stiller's impatient officiousness head-on. Sophomoric, yet probably the best of the recent TV retreads.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Not exactly politically correct, but you'd be hard pushed to find a single mean frame.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Todd Phillips strikes nostalgic gold, squeezing just enough comedy out of the buddy cop formula to keep it afloat during its brisk 95-minute runtime.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Had the script actually had a direction it would've helped.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A pleasant diversion that vanishes from your mind right after you watch it.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Though the gags aren't always funny, I usually had a smile on my face.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Who could have anticipated that Snoop would be the saving grace of a major studio buddy flick?

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

People were laughing at my screening, but I couldn't understand what it was they were laughing at.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Has a few bright, wiseass moments, but is generally pretty lame.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A humorous but ultimately unsatisfying comedy.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

This movie doesn't even deserve to stand next to the crummiest of Starsky and Hutch TV episodes.

July 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...inoffensive, sometimes charming, and often irritatingly dull. Its satirical jabs are aimed at easy targets, its jokes repetitious or redundant, its pacing a little slow.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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This is sure to be one of the best comedies of the year.

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Starsky & Hutch

Always thought it was kinda funny that two undercover cops drive around in a souped up Gran Torino with a custom paint job. What's that noise? oh its the fuzz in their muscle car.

The first parody of one of the two biggest TV shows with cool cars, the other being 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. Its nothing too outrageously original overall, a simple drug kingpin needs to go down and the cool duo are on the case.

Its not really about the plot though, this film is just about the humour and having a good time. Like many Stiller films its a sly sneaky spoof like comedy which is light hearted but not overkill with silly jokes. The casting of Stiller and Wilson is really good as they both fit the roles just perfectly, Stiller actually looking very similar to Glaser. Both guys take to the characters like ducks to water and really make the whole film very likeable and watchable.

Other casting includes 'frat pack' members Ferrell and Vaughn, both of whom raise the film giving nice performances. Loving Ferrell and his slightly creepy 'Big Earl' character. So the cast is great and really holds the film together but then I must give big kudos to the look of the film. Set in the 70's and to be honest you could easily think it really was. Very impressed at everything from all the cars driving around, street trash including those darn pesky car chase sequence cardboard boxes, the costumes, hair styles and even the way they used the cameras to get all those classic 70's TV show angles and zooms. They did tend to cram in almost every cliched 70's tune they could muster though, didn't need that, we get the idea.

Of course they do cater for the car porn folk out there, plenty of Torino action naturally, maybe too much?. Gotta expect that I guess, it is a nice looking and sounding car and virtually a character in its own right.

I think they went the right way with this as a serious attempt would have been laughable and I'm glad they didn't reduce the concept to childish smut. Its a by the books action comedy flick, but the fact its a neat little parody of a classic cop show which has actually been well thought out makes this worth your time in my view.

A little snippet here that shows the American muscle car isn't really what you'd think hehe. They look good yes and have HUGE engines with tonnes of BHP but at the end of the day they are still slow bricks I'm afraid.
August 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

Starsky and Hutch is a diverting and inventive waste of time. No attempt was made to create a serious take (like Michael Mann's horrendous Miami Vice film version) on the iconic TV show, but instead to use it as fodder for frothy, pointless retro fun, jam packed with some of the 70's cheesiest pop classics, (Afternoon Delight, That's the Way I Like It and the David Soul classic 'Don't Give Up on us Baby, sung by the musically challenged Owen Wilson).

Talented comedy director Todd Phillips shows his directing chops here pre-Hangover. Phillips knows how to direct a scene for laughs, he's one of the best out there right now.

The star studded cast are all welcome visitors to the party, including Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, bad ass blacksploitation veteran Fred Williamson, the always welcome comedic anarchist Will Ferrell, and Vince Vaughan as the fu manchu-ed drug kingpin. Starsky's red stiped Gran Torino is used to comic effect here. Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller employ their generic personas very effectivelyl (i.e. laid back amoral California dude, uptight stupid Jewish dude who takes himself WAY too seriously).

I watched this with my teenaged nephew, who loved it. It's a good suggestion for guys who are looking for something funny to watch with their male kids that's edgy enough to be cool, but ultimately harmless. Look out for original TV pair Paul Michael Glazer and David Soul at the end. On the depressing side, they look like old grandpas, but are still in good shape, and seem to be having fun.
January 27, 2012
Josh Morris

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The story sometimes feels like its a bit flimsy and it certainly doesn't provide much action or the man-childedness of Hot Fuzz. But it benefits from chemistry between Stiller and Wilson and it did make me laugh.
December 22, 2011
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Starsky & Hutch is a fairly decent comedy with nothing too special or memorable going for it. The film loses its fire after a few repeated viewing, but for what it is, Starsky & Hutch is a fun comedy. I enjoyed this film even though it's nothing remarkable. The comedy is good, but never quite excellent. There are quite a few good laughs in this film, and there's a few laugh out loud moments, but it never becomes real good for that matter. The film is decent and manages to be entertaining, but the film is one that you can watch only a few times, and forget about it. For what it is, Starsky &Hutch can be seen as a guilty pleasure almost. There are a few very funny moments in the film, but the film could have been done better than it is. This is a fun film to watch, with plenty of mindless humor to enjoy, just forget the TV show, and you might like it. I did, but after a while, the film got old and I didn't enjoy it as much. Will Farrell's cameo is what made the film funny, if only he had more screen time. Starsky & Hutch is a funny film for the most part, but it definitely isn't a strong one at that. The film could have been much better than it is. For mindless comedic fun, Starsky & Hutch is a good view, but for the die-hard fans of the show, they definitely should skip this one as it has barely anything similar to the classic show.
September 27, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Kitty: Don't stress. Just relax.
    2. Reese Feldman: I don't understand man, I don't understand. You can lose keys, ya know, you can lose your wallet. How... how do you lose a plane?
    3. Terrence Meyers: Reese, come on. What do you want me to do? You got three out of four planes in. That's still a lot of coke.
    4. Reese Feldman: Now, see that? That's the kind of winning attitude that's gonna take this enterprise straight to the top.
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