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Super Reviewer
July 7, 2016
I came to this film because a blogger on Facebook had opined that 2002 was the year DeNiro decided that he didn't give a damn anymore. I fully expected the worst, but no, what one gets is a serviceable buddy cop comedy, no more. Sure, an A-list crowd and presentation, but still just one more in a slew of these things.
April 17, 2016
It's a good movie and it has some good funny moments and I enjoyed watching it
½ January 13, 2016
Fun movie, better hood slides
½ June 30, 2015
Murphy and DeNiro make great combo in this buddy cop comedy. Ages 12+
½ June 21, 2015
It's just... nothing. The script felt lazy, De Niro and Murphy clearly aren't trying, and the direction is boring. I have no opinion, which is somehow worse than it just being bad. It's not art, because there's nothing behind it. It's like the worst version of "Lethal Weapon" and the best version of "National Security" had a baby... That's not a good thing.
June 15, 2015
Becomes what it pokes fun at.
June 8, 2015
Meh. It has its moments but overall not terrific.
May 2, 2015
It was..enjoyable. It had some amusing moments; but it wasn't excellent. B-
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2015
A clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of laughs. To avoid a lawsuit for shooting a journalist's camera detective Mitch Preston is forced to star in a reality cop show and is teamed up with a wisecracking patrolman who sees the show as his big chance to become an actor. Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, and Rene Rossu lead the cast and deliver strong performance. And William Shatner has a wonderfully hilarious cameo in which he spoofs his TJ. Hooker persona. However, the villain is rather weak and his scheme is kind of cliché. Still, all around Showtime is a tremendously entertaining film that's pretty funny.
½ March 15, 2015
This movie is enjoyable but is slow and literally ends up becoming what it is making fun of.
December 11, 2014
Splat. Some funny scenes, but overall not a good movie.
October 9, 2014
At first glance, Showtime looks like another silly comedy ala Big Momma's House. Well...it is. Granted it is much better than Big Momma, but this is definitely a wait-for-cable. Though very light in the story, dialogue and acting departments, the movie has some very funny moments. The laughs are not enough to carry the film, however.

Eddie is back in FULL EFFECT circa Beverly Hills Cop and he is hysterical. Unlike the family-humor of the Nutty Professor movies, the kind of humor in Showtime showcase Eddie's strengths. He is just downright genius when it comes to purposeful overacting, flamboyance and hilarity. Too bad the story isn't nearly as strong as the Beverly Hills Cops movies. Because of that, Eddie does benefit though. One cannot help but call him the highlight of an otherwise weak film.

DeNiro, on the other hand, must have done this movie out of obligation to someone. Never has such weak dialogue been wasted on such a profound actor. He does take jabs at himself and he performs his character well, but he must have been paid a bundle because I cannot see an actor of his caliber reading HIS lines and saying, "Oh yeah...that's me."

The story is simple. DeNiro is a loose-cannon cop whose big bust is screwed up by rookie traffic cop/part-time actor, Eddie Murphy. Due to the botched job, DeNiro takes his frustrations out by shooting a TV camera. Voila, the TV station/company wants to either sue the police station or profit off his loose cannon attitude with a new reality-based TV show ala Cops. Guess which option the police station chooses? The Chief orders DeNiro to be on the show or lose his job.

In the meantime, the actor-wanna-be cop, Murphy, sets up an fake arrest in front of the TV show's producer, played by Rene Russo (who was HORRIBLE in this movie), to get the role of DeNiro's "partner" on the show. As you can guess, he won the part. The rest of the movie is DeNiro, still pissed at Murphy for botching his big job, and Murphy battling each other and trying to solve the core crime related to his botched job. Murphy spends the movie trying to be a real actor for the show, yet proving to DeNiro that he can be a serious cop.

Of course you will have to see the movie to see if there is a Hollywood ending to wrap it up...Nah, I will just tell you now...it does have a Hollywood ending. You can probably guess before even seeing it.

In any case, as average as the overall movie was, Eddie's performance is hysterical. Plus, I saw it for free, so I wasn't expecting Hamlet. It was worth the afternoon. However, don't go spend cash on it. You will be disappointed. Wait for HBO.
August 23, 2014
It works well as a buddy cop film. It works a little fine on satirizing the genre by presenting cliches that were wanted to be re-filmed/duplicated. The casted duo fit somewhat perfectly in an okay way since they have experiences. De Niro trying out a serious cop again while being annoyed and should've deserved better, along with probably mis-casted Rene Russo; while Murphy was trying to show he can be a cop again in Beverly Hills.

However, it's mostly unfunny - meaning a failed satire that can be a miss when there are blocks in the way - when the duo managed to do something funny a few times before the bloopers. (B-)

(Full review coming soon)
August 11, 2014
Could not stop laughing.
July 28, 2014
It's okay. Laugh a couple of times.
July 10, 2014
Being a fan of both actors especially Deniro I really was excited about it. The premise is pretty interesting and the movie does offer a good display of humor. However the silliness can't be ignored as it almost takes a trip to blasphemous. It starts out nice and promising but shifts to an eye roller in the last third. That being said I still like the on screen chemistry between De Niro and Murphy, and there are decent laughs to be had with this A list cast.
½ March 22, 2014
Showtime is living proof that Eddie Murphy's career has just gone downhill. From Harlem Nights to A Thousand Words, he needs to stop making movies. Thank god that veteran actor DeNiro wasn't phased by this movie. Overall, the film was a tedious, mediocre, and uninspiring satire.
½ March 13, 2014
Even though there's not much sense put into it, i like it, De Niro and Murphy meshed well together.
½ March 11, 2014
Its quite goofy a lot of the time and it has some moments of funny in it but it falls short
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