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Hollywood Homicide Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
The trouble is that Mr. Shelton and Mr. Souza don't do enough with the material to make it dramatically compelling.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 17, 2003
The surplus of character humor seems all the more desperate in view of the essentially humorless stars.
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June 16, 2003
It's a great piece of mindful escapism.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 14, 2003
A reasonably entertaining picture that nevertheless leaves you wondering -- what, exactly, did I just see?
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 13, 2003
A buddy film starring two people who, even as the closing credits roll, appear to have just met.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 13, 2003
Hollywood Homicide is about murder, all right: the wholesale slaughter of anything funny, original or even vaguely logical.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 13, 2003
Both leads in Hollywood Homicide work multiple jobs, and wear themselves out in the process. So does a movie with such a generic title that it's a marvel no one has used it before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 13, 2003
Hollywood Homicide should have been a much stronger and funnier movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
June 13, 2003
More interested in Hollywood than homicide.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2003
It's a movie an audience can settle comfortably into, and it pays off as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2003
Action movies that show a real interest in characters and their quirks are so rare that you might be ready to forgive this one its sins of cliche and poky pacing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2003
Shelton is too smart an observer to totally miss the mark. But after a career of cooking up yummy, tart dessert delights, he has wheeled himself down the junk-food aisle. Let's hope he's doing it just this once.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2003
Lands with a thud right from its painfully unfunny prologue and maintains its plodding, exasperating course straight through to its car-chase-and-shootout finale.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2003
Sometimes the laugh is there, sometimes it's a coin-flip, and sometimes it all feels like so much made-up filler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2003
Glutted with car chases, hot tubs, yoga lessons, psychics, rap murders, glitzy locales and smirks, smirks, smirks, Hollywood Homicide is obviously supposed to be a rollicking good time. Instead it's sporadicly, mildly amusing formulaic mush.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 13, 2003
It's Get Shorty, but not as agile.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 13, 2003
Hollywood Homicide is one of the most lazily scripted, poorly structured, smugly stereotyped star vehicles in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2003
One of the pleasures of Hollywood Homicide is that it's more interested in its two goofy cops than in the murder plot; their dialogue redeems otherwise standard scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
It's a humiliating comedown for Ford, and he looks creaky and grumpy, obviously aware that he is miscast and dreading every scene.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 13, 2003
The opposite of L.A. Confidential, it's D.O.A. But it does have one good chase scene.
| Original Score: C
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 13, 2003
There's little action in this snail-paced bore, you'll need a high-powered magnifying glass to spot the comedy and the 'buddies' have about as much chemistry as a pair of wet socks.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 13, 2003
Hollywood Homicide thinks constantly ringing cell phones are really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 13, 2003
It must've seemed a sure-fire hit on paper. Too bad they forgot to make it entertaining.
| Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 13, 2003
You keep wanting Homicide to be funkier. Either that or make a more serious commitment to formula. Instead, it tries to play both ends from the middle with Shelton struggling to satisfy genre demands while simultaneously poking fun at them.
| Original Score: C
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2003
Hollywood Homicide will remind you of at least a dozen other movies, most of them better than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 13, 2003
A laugh-free zone among summer comedies.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 12, 2003
An attempt to merge a semi-jokey buddy movie with a more realistic account of cops' messy private lives, Hollywood Homicide falls short on both counts.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 12, 2003
This is a movie in which the humor isn't just deadpan, it's inert.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2003
Has more laughs than suspense, but not enough of either.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 12, 2003
Harrison Ford as comedian is not a pretty picture.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 12, 2003
There are too many deft grace notes and underplayed jokes to take in at a single viewing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2003
Hollywood Homicide ought not to be as much fun as it is, but it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2003
No one comes out of Hollywood Homicide looking good, but the film fades fast.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
June 12, 2003
Looking weathered yet professional, Ford carries what he can, but pretty and sullen Hartnett barely comes to life, leaving his partner stranded, and straining.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2003
It's the best role Ford has had in a while. The best movie, too.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2003
Ron Shelton, working from a script that he wrote with Robert Souza, has a trick up his sleeve; it's his cheery skewed tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2003
There are some laughs to be had here, but they are islands in a becalmed ocean.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 9, 2003
... really funny.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2003
Forced, ungainly vehicle that stalls each time it threatens to actually start.