Someone to Watch Over Me

1987, Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

31 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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After Manhattan socialite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) witnesses her friend's murder at the hands of Joey Venza (Andreas Katsulas), a ruthless mobster, rookie detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger) is assigned to protect her. While working on the case, Mike quickly falls in love with Claire, leaving his wife, Ellie (Lorraine Bracco), devastated. Mike is forced to choose between the two women he loves while fending off Venza, who will stop at nothing to get to Claire.

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Critic Reviews for Someone to Watch Over Me

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (11)

  • 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.

    June 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

    June 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Howard Franklin's screenplay plays less like a feature film than like the pilot for a failed television series about New York policemen.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

    June 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • While stylistic and nicely shot, it's nothing more than an average, dismissible thriller.

    December 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • The movie evinces greater formal values than conceptual ones, and it thus feels somewhat disjointed. [Full Review in Spanish]

    March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Someone to Watch Over Me

  • Nov 23, 2016
    Sags in the middle and never recovers.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Aug 05, 2009
    A Ridley Scott 'director for hire' film, but I enjoyed it.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2008
    Great thriller by Ridley Scott. My ever favorite actor Tom Berenger stars with Mimi Rogers in this classic thriller of a newly promoted Detective that is hired to protect a rich and beautiful witness due to her witnessing a murder. Keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing what's going to happen next. A good one.
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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