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Down Periscope Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2014
Some innuendo, profanity in mediocre slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 21, 2014
It's not exactly a bad movie, but it's so forgettable that it's almost exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

TV Guide
August 4, 2009
Exactly what you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
August 4, 2009
Kelsey Grammar's transition to the big screen is far from seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leonard Klady
November 21, 2008
It's good-natured, innocuous frivolity that should raise a few smiles and generate good but not great spring box office.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
he construction is so ramshackle (or the mood so PC) that the film-makers put a woman (Holly) on board, then can't find a thing to do with her.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
July 18, 2003
Mediocre comedy. Like a SNL film but with Frasier instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
June 3, 2003
Rather lame.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 27, 2003
A directionless and doomed diversion. Grammer's naval military mishap is a sinking ship both literally and figuratively
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
"Police Academy" underwater. (If only...)
| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
It's embarrassing to see Lauren Holly wasting her time as the butt-of-all-the-obvious-jokes female aboard ship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
It is a pretty decent plot that gives everyone a chance to be silly.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The tone of the acting, which is set by Mr. Grammer's blandly laid-back performance, is all wrong for a genre that demands over-the-top hamming.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There are occasional laughs, but, as with most movies that think they're funnier than they actually are, most of the jokes fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Down Periscope is a rather leaky sub.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's barely a belly laugh here, and judging from the deafening silence in the theatre where I saw the film, it's not just me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Some of this is silly and dumb as jokes fall flat. But there are also some laughs to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A soggy sub sandwich layered with cheesy action, stale jokes and gung-ho baloney.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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