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Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives (2007)

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Release Date: May 1, 2007 Wide

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A film freak has his life turned upside down when he starts dating a real-life femme fatale in this comedy. Neil (Cillian Murphy) is a dyed-in-the-wool movie fan who runs a video store, "Gumshoe Video," specializing in classic film noir and offbeat cult items. Neil spends nearly every evening on the couch, soaking up classic movies from the blue glow of his television; Neil's lack of a social life has not been good for his relationships with women, and his latest girlfriend walked out on him

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Comedy

Paul Soter

Aug 12, 2008

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All Critics (2) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (2)

Even mega-fans of either of the headliners will have trouble muddling through it.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

It looks like it's back to doling out parking tickets and shotgunning booze for Mr. Soter, and I think Cillian's probably learned a valuable career lesson here as well.

December 18, 2007 | Comments (4)
Manhattan Movie Magazine

Audience Reviews for Watching the Detectives

I loved this movie!!! I want may boyfriends to be like Cillian Murphys character!! love love love. I think this is Luci Lus best performance. She is so quirky and fun. There is never a dull moments in this cute and fresh film.
September 11, 2010
MissMorganLeee
Morgan Salem

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This was so funny. Cilllian Murphy was so great as a gullable pathetic guy. Lucy Lui, well, how do I put it, her character probably tops Clementine in Eternal Sunshine. She was so incredibly lovable in every way. The movie was full of Hilarius shots of Cillian Murphy crying and dressing up like old movie characters that would be worth watching on its own. The plot is great though. You never quite know what's going on, not even until the credits role, which was really interesting. I also loved that this is a movie for movie lovers with countless references to cult classics. It gets so hardcore that it brings up the question of which Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better, priceless.
January 6, 2010
ythelastman89

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As a huge fan of the Broken Lizard boys it was nice to see one of them break free as a director on a completely different style of film. The laugh out loud moments have been replaced by scenes that inspire quiet quirky giggles. It's a nice enough romantic comedy, but the quirky girl thing has been done too much of late. The film juggles it's message uncomfortably, and soon just becomes a repetitive cycle, with bluff after bluff after bluff. It's an easy watch and one that has enough entertainment value in it's 90 minutes to justify a watch.
September 26, 2009
kiriyamakazou

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Watching the Detectives is a quirky movie for movie fans. It's not incredibly original, but it does put a nerdy spin on a well-worn concept.

I mainly wanted to see this because Lucy Liu is in it, and she was by far the most interesting part. Cillian Murphy was ok, but he just seems more suited for more antagonistic roles.

This is basically just a boy-meets-crazy-unique-girl with a film buff twist. Watching the Detectives has a few very funny parts, and it ends before its gimmick gets stale. Lucy Liu fans should give it a try.
April 5, 2009
lewiskendell

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