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As critical as it is about sensationalism in the media, 15 Minutes itself indulges in lurid violence, and its satire is too heavy-handed to be effective. Read critic reviews

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At the center of "15 Minutes" is a New York City double murder that must be solved. But the fast-paced story isn't so much about figuring out the truth of the murder, as following who controls that truth. This is the thriller as seen through an eye-popping new lens -- that of the media's hunt for shocking imagery, no matter the cost. In "15 Minutes," as the cops chase the murderers, the media chases the cops, and the whole thing fuels an escalating firestorm.

Cast & Crew

Robert De Niro
Eddie Fleming
Edward Burns
Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey Grammer
Robert Hawkins
Avery Brooks
Leon Jackson
Melina Kanakaredes
Nicolette Karas
Karel Roden
Emil Slovak
Oleg Taktarov
Oleg Razgul
Vera Farmiga
Daphne Handlova
John DiResta
Bobby Korfin
James Handy
Captain Duffy
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Executive Producer
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Director of Photography
Mayne Schuyler Berke
Production Designer
Steven Cohen
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Critic Reviews for 15 Minutes

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Audience Reviews for 15 Minutes

  • Jul 03, 2011
    15 Minutes was a film I enjoyed when it was first released. It plays with the media's reliance to showcase carnage and scare tactics for ratings, something that has only increased with the years since. Robert De Niro is perfectly cast as the larger than life central character. The film is at its strongest when he is there to anchor the scenes. Edward Burns is a nice support character for De Niro and the grooming of the rookie style was interesting to watch. The issue I've found with the film is the structure and lack of true character development. John Herzfeld made the incredible Don King film for HBO and had the opportunity to create something special with this film. The issue falls back to conventional structure and the lack of risks the film takes. There is a twist that is well worth the viewing but after that said twist the films falls apart. I still think this film is fun to watch and passes the time. There was potential here but sadly the film struggled to overcome conventions. 06/09/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2010
    15 Minutes is a piece of crap. This film was boring, uninspired garbage, some cast members were very bad, and couldn't act for shit. I'm refering to Karel Rode, terrible actor. I also feel that Deniro was misplaced in this. Almost every actor tries his best to elevate this piece of shit film, but to no avail. With terrible actors such as Roden, this film doesn't elevate itself out of it's mediocrity level. It worsens. 15 Minutes was a terrible film, one to avoid.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2010
    The underlying "message" of 15 Minutes is that everyone wants what the title suggests - fifteen minutes of fame. Robert De Niro did a phenomenal job. He plays veteran New York City detective Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro), who enjoys a certain celebrity due to the fact that many of his cases have been featured on `Top Story,' the `news' show hosted by Robert Hawkins (Kelsey Grammer). The bad guys did a pretty good job playing two psychos who plan on videotaping a murder and selling it to be shown on TV. They know the unethical TV anchorman that will buy their movie, now they just need a high-profile target. And they plan to get off on an insanity plea. The point of the film is to satirize our cultural obsession with violence and celebrity, whereby people will do anything to become famous. The usually suave Kelsey Grammer is sleazy and smarmy as a low life TV station manager willing to do anything for the story and a video tape of a murder.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2010
    A very good murder-thriller. A fantastic satire. Admittedly, it's probably not for everybody, but if you love a good thriller, you can't go wrong with "15 Minutes".
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