Critics Consensus

While it's sporadically funny and certainly well-cast, Dragnet is too clumsy and inconsistent to honor its classic source material.



Total Count: 34


Audience Score

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Based on the television series of the same name, this film follows the exploits of Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd), the nephew of the famous police officer, as he is teamed up with a new partner, Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks). While Friday is a stuffy, rule-obsessed, anal-retentive fellow, Streebek is his messy, irresponsible alter-ego. However, when a bizarre religious cult threatens Friday's new love interest, the two resolve their differences and work together to save her.


Tom Hanks
as Streebek
Alexandra Paul
as Connie Swail
Jack O'Halloran
as Emil Muzz
Elizabeth Ashley
as Jane Kirkpatrick
Dabney Coleman
as Jerry Caesar
Kathleen Freeman
as Enid Borden
Bruce Gray
as Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson
as Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings
as Sylvia Wiss
Joe Altmark
as Milkman
Fred Asparagus
as Tito Provencal
Peter Aykroyd
as Phoney Cop #2
Nina Arvesen
as Motor Cop
Jim Boeke
as Nectar Pagan
Donald Craig
as Announcer
Gray Daniels
as Crewman #1
Gary Lee Davis
as Leggings Pagan
Sandra Eng
as TV Reporter
Ava Fabian
as Baitmate
Kimberly Foster
as Betsy Blees
Ruben Garfias
as Tough #2
Bert Hinchman
as Night Watchman
D.D. Howard
as Officer Robin Gilbert
Peter Leeds
as Roy Grest
Lisa London
as 1982 Redhead
Maurice Marsac
as Maitre d'
Stuart Quan
as Tough #3
Casey Sander
as Phoney Cop #1
Ray Sharkey
as Drug Pagan
Bill Wittman
as Narrator
Meg Wyllie
as Mrs. Gannon
Josh Cruze
as Police Officer
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Caterer Pagan
Dona Speir
as Baitmate
Sydney Urshan
as Officer Conklin
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Critic Reviews for Dragnet

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (17)

  • Dan Aykroyd steals the show with a hilarious impersonation and tribute to the stern-faced TV cop Joe Friday, played for more than a decade by Jack Webb.

    Aug 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • More innocuous than inventive.

    May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising.

    May 20, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps).

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • The script is a gold mine of one-liners.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dragnet

  • Aug 03, 2016
    Ackroyd does a pretty good impersonation of Jack Webb's Joe Friday, and that's the reason they're throwing this party. Unfortunately, that the character has a problem relating to the real world is not mined sufficiently, and certainly not comedically, which is after all the gist of this thing, or it should've been. Good chemistry with soon-to-be-a-big-star Hanks is not good enough to cover up a sad lack of material. What's left then is a poor memorial for what was once a well loved series. Only Harry Morgan seems aware of this, the look in his eyes the only clue to what pride the series name alone inspired.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2015
    Joe Friday is on the case in the buddy cop comedy Dragnet. Adapted from the '50s television show, straight-laced LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday is teamed up with a free-spirited partner and is tasked with investigating a series of robberies by a crime gang calling themselves the P.A.G.A.N.s. Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks make a good comedy duo and deliver solid performances. And, the film does a nice job at homaging the original show while keeping to a modern setting. However, the plot is pretty ridiculous and the villain is extremely cartoonish. Dragnet has some nostalgic charm to it, but overall it ends up being a rather mediocre slapstick comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    a funny spoof movie that we will get kick out of it. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2011
    Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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