Someone to Watch over Me (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Someone to Watch over Me (1987)



Critic Consensus: Its plot is sometimes hard to swallow, but some fine acting and director Ridley Scott's stylish visual flair make Someone to Watch Over Me an engaging police thriller.

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Someone to Watch Over Me, a mystery thriller directed by Ridley Scott is the story of a police officer who falls in love with the woman he is hired to protect and the effect of this affair on his marriage and his life. Claire (Mimi Rogers) an extremely wealthy socialite is the sole witness to a mob murder and is in great danger. Mike (Tom Berenger), a happily married NYC police officer is assigned to protect her and takes up residence in her foyer while she waits to testify. A romance develops between the unlikely couple which threatens Mike's marriage to Ellie (Lorraine Bracco). All of this sounds more exciting than it is, and while the film fails to generate much suspense, the love story and Mike's dilemma are interesting. All the performances are excellent, particularly that of Bracco as the no-nonsense wife. The score is exceptional and the photography and set decoration are all fine. Someone to Watch Over Me is a fine police thriller and love story. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Danilo Bach, Howard Franklin, David Seltzer, Hector Babenco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Tom Berenger
as Det. Mike Keegan
Mimi Rogers
as Claire Gregory
Lorraine Bracco
as Ellie Keegan
Jerry Orbach
as Lt. Garber
John Rubinstein
as Neil Steinhart
Mark Moses
as Win Hockings
Harley Cross
as Tommy Keegan
Joanne Baron
as Helen Greening
Helen Labros
as Bet Benefactress
Peter Carew
as Doorman
Christopher Cass
as Rookie Cop
Susi Gilder
as Pretty Young Thing
Mary Gillis
as Mary, the Maid
Bill Kane
as Brooklyn
Helen Lambros
as Met Benefactress
Jack McGee
as Bartender
Meg Mundy
as Antonia
Billy Kane
as Brooklyn
Jeff Nielsen
as Tie Salesman
Helen Tran
as Vietnamese Girl
Harvey Vernon
as Giddings
Mark Voland
as Plainclothesman
Andreas Katsulas
as Joey Venza
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Critic Reviews for Someone to Watch over Me

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

Even though the movie doesn't leave much of a residue, it looks terrific while you're watching it: Manhattan has seldom appeared as glitzy or as glamorous.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Most of New York, indoors and out, looks about as good as the Chrysler Building in Scott's gleaming fusion of eternal triangle and killer-on-the-loose.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Howard Franklin's screenplay plays less like a feature film than like the pilot for a failed television series about New York policemen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Movies like this are on automatic pilot. Unless we are very young, very naive or hopelessly lusting after one of the stars, there is little to interest us aside from interior decorating hints.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Someone to Watch over Me

A predictable thriller romance type story, the actors are okay, and overall the movie is okay, not good or bad, just okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A Ridley Scott 'director for hire' film, but I enjoyed it.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Run of the mill 80s thriller, notable only for the nice visuals from Ridley Scott. The opening shot of the Chrysler building has been ripped off mercilessly ever since.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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