Dragnet Reviews

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November 15, 2019
This is the only review of it you'll read that resists the temptation to open by quoting the naggingly insistent Dragnet motif of "Dum-de-dum-dum." There's just nothing dumb about this agreeably lightweight spoof.
December 21, 2018
A deadpan Aykroyd is perfectly cast, and it's always nice to revisit Hanks back when he was loose, limber, and eager-to-please.
August 24, 2018
...suffers from a palpably plodding feel that's compounded by an continuing emphasis on the central characters' tedious investigation...
December 12, 2017
The update carries only a surface resemblance to its television ancestor; the rest is more reminiscent of the comic-book world of Batman, Robin and Superman.
September 21, 2017
At one time, maybe Dan Aykroyd's accelerated, authoritative jibber-jabber caroming off Tom Hanks' loud wailing was enough. But today, "Dragnet" feels pokey next to the peers of based-on-TV-series sorta-parodies it helped inspire.
August 16, 2017
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.
December 8, 2009
Lots of naughty behavior, laughs in TV cop spoof.
May 20, 2008
It simply doesn't come off, and the viewer will be left with an empty feeling, a vacuous notion that somehow the laugh scenes slipped by unnoticed. They were never really there.
May 20, 2008
Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences.
May 20, 2008
More innocuous than inventive.
May 20, 2008
Deservedly a critical and box-office fiasco.
May 20, 2008
Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising.
May 24, 2006
Annoying comedy.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.
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