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½ September 2, 2013
A second below average cop film for Eastwood himself but enough to satisfy for wacky character chemistry, crude one liners, and wild Eastwood antics but misplaced some of the acting for action and memorability for a more commonly driven narrative.
July 30, 2013
Good movie. Funny, very action packed, with good performances from Eastwood and Sheen.
½ June 4, 2013
Not one of Eastwood's better films but the floor for him is high. He plays a cop who gets a new partner after his old partner is killed in a car theft investigation. It's almost strange watching Charlie Sheen's early roles now as he has pretty much typecast himself over the last decade in two tv shows where he plays virtually the same character.
April 10, 2013
'Clint: The Crap Years'.

Just before 'Unforgiven' re-established the great star's legacy, he was peddling sub-Dirty Harry daftness like this 1990 effort.

It's on this list for a variety of dubious set-pieces. Sheenie's insufferable bar-room brawl antics and the chalk and cheese duo flying out of an exploding building in a black Mercedes add to the general silliness, but the biscuit is well and truly taken in a preposterous scene where Clint, captured by the baddies, is 'raped' by Brazilian henchwoman Sonia Braga.

Words fail.
Clintus M.
Super Reviewer
½ April 1, 2013
The Rookie is an underappreciated Eastwood film. Its non-stop action with an excellent cast, featuring Eastwood, Raul Julia, Tom Skerrit, terribly dangerous and sexy Sonja Bragga, and Charlie Sheen. With Sheen's infamous notoraity lately, I'm surprised this film hasn't gotten more attention. Sheen, following his Platoon and Wal Street roles is believable here as a blend of naivete and bravado. Eastwood is kind of a surrogate father who "school's him" on street life chasing G-rides.

The story is plausible in some places and too dumb in others, but the stunts carry it. Its basically a coming-of-age tale and a standard crime-doesn't-pay tale mostly memorable for the action. The whole "you were never there for me dad" guilt trip over the dead brother subplot was not necessary, but I bought it. I recommend it for Eastwood fans or strictly as an escapst action flick.

Lastly, notice Roberta Vasquez at the end as Sheen's new partner. She's a former LAPD officer and Playboy Playmate.
½ March 25, 2013
BAD. Clint Eastwood gets raped. Every comment is a one-liner. Charlie Sheen looks high on coke in every scene.
March 10, 2013
A few outstanding and truly novel stand-out moments. Nothing unforgetable exactly. Clint Eastwood delivers a solid performance as per usual, however it seems there is insufficient material to work with.
March 10, 2013
The movie has typical tongue in cheek humor of Clint Eastwood along with his direction. It may be a little different form other buddy cop movies of 90's but still not so great.
March 9, 2013
Totally forgettable.
½ February 27, 2013
Thank God Clint Eastwood stopped acting and now is mostly directing. His acting in the old action movies was pathetic. Charlie Sheen isn't that bad, but everybody knows he can't act. Sonia Braga is playing a slut like usual and the best acting actually comes from Raul Julia.
January 4, 2013
The surprisingly unoriginal cop/buddy film from Clint Eastwood, which was good but ultimately fell short.

Both Charlie Sheen & Clint gave good performances but the story was a little cliche and lacked the impact & freshness Clint's films usually had.

I guess in any great directors career there will always be lesser good action & stunts but unmemorable story.
December 22, 2012
Formula buddy cop film with pairing of rookie Sheen and grizzled vet Eastwood, who are a danger to anyone in their general vicinity. Follows the Lethal Weapon blueprint but not as good. Nice touch on the amusing closing scene, where Sheen and Eastwood are placed in different roles from the opening scene when they are first partnered. Tom Skerritt is wasted in a bit part.
½ December 17, 2012
This was actually not terrible.
December 15, 2012
This is probably the most cliché ridden film Clint ever appeared in, but for some inexplicable reason I have a real soft spot for "The Rookie". Clint basically invented the buddy cop film formula in "The Enforcer," when Dirty Harry was given a female partner. In this film, Clint revisits the formula, with grizzled veteran detective, Clint, saddled with the uptight young rich kid, Sheen, but the the avalanche of action film clichés comes so fast and hard, "The Rookie" very nearly becomes a parody of itself. Besides formula mainstay of the mismatched partners hating each other, but ultimately coming to understand each other, you also get the dead partner in the first 10 minutes, the captain who can only communicate by shouting, and of course the bad guys who embody nearly every 80s action film cliché. However, despite all of this very good cast, which includes Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Tom Skerritt and character actors Xander Berkeley, Tony Plana, Pepe Serna, Paul Ben-Victor, and Hal Williams) and the filmmakers, that include Clint as directors along with his usual top notch crew that included cinematographer Jack N. Green, editor Joel Cox, stunts by Buddy Van Horn and a great jazzy score by Lennie Niehaus. And although the script if probably the main offender in terms of cheesy dialogue and action film clichés, it was actually co-written by Boaz Yakin who went on to write and/or direct fine films like "Fresh", "A Price Above Rubies" and "Return of the Titans" I really can't put my finger on why I like this film so much, but maybe it's because you have so many Oscar caliber actors and filmmakers making a schlocky Joel Silver style action flick. "Hearbreak Ridge" is probably Clint's #2 cliché cavalcade, but he pulled that one off too.
½ December 11, 2012
Ok movie. Great cast. Film dragged for periods on end and the jazz influenced music did not fit with the overall tone of the picture. Great comedic lines from Mr. Eastwood.
½ December 10, 2012
if ur a dirty harry fan u should allow this film to be grudgingly accepted into ur avid watch collection. its a bit of far fetched fun and is better than some of the ego powered thrillers of todays efforts. i think some have been harsh on ere,quote no sparkle or wit to the jokes to action. this day and age they wouldnt risk doin some of the early car chashes/crashes in this film without health and safety issues. the jokes are just quips and typical of clints stlye which i find dry yet still refreshin with time. the action is at times tense, bar brawls, gun duels car chases and a near rape scene hardly constitute no action. i think some have got used to too much cgi. anyway, thts me done
½ October 10, 2012
When two offbeat cops with nothing in common take on a syndicate of automotive thieves - queue the racial slurs, cheap sound effects and crusty's worth the price of admission to witness the single most atrocious Hollywood performance of all time courtesy of Pepe Serna as Lieutenant Ray Garcia.
May 19, 2012
Very routine plot with no sparkle or wit to the jokes, nor class to the action that might raise it up to the heights you expect from Eastwood. Well made but very forgettable stuff.
½ April 24, 2012
By the late 1980's/early 1990's, Clint Eastwood's career was quite uncertain, he'd just made a good film with White Hunter Black Heart (1990), and he was offered this buddy cop film, which was just an excuse to see him shoot up baddies with Dirty Harryisms. It's like all the rest of those cop action films you got back then, and it's very unlike Eastwood to make this film. It has veteran Sgt. Nick Pulovski (Clint) and his partner, Powell (Hal Williams) about to take down a notorious German crime kingpin Strom (Raúl Juliá), who ends up killing Powell, and manages to get away after a high speed highway chase. After this, Pulovski is given a new partner in officer David Ackerman (Charlie Sheen), who Pulovski takes an immediate disliking to because he's inexperienced and young. Against orders, Pulovski and Ackerman continue to investigate the Strom case, and they go after him. When Pulovski is captured and held hostage by one of Strom's henchmen, Marco Rodriguez (Marco Rodriguez), it's up to Ackerman to go and save him and then finish the job they started. It's a very silly action film with a lot of explosions and more stuntmen credited than actors. Eastwood should have known better than to do this, and even at times, he looks like he's bored shitless by this film, the plots confusing, so they just add shootouts and explosions. Luckily for Clint, Unforgiven (1992) was next.
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