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Striking Distance Reviews

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August 1, 2017
I grew up in Pittsburgh and the film captured the time period in which it was filmed perfectly. It displayed how this area is in fact a great place to fil : I also liked that a main character going through emotive stress can still have a heart born out in the lack of misogyny so often promoted in such heros in like minded action cop flicks and by the fact that the seemingly 'macho' guy like the character in True Grit also had a cat he loved...and if you think that is nothing I can tell as one concerned for animal welfare in this area, people started to talk about being kinder to cats (that can be very abused her over the whole macho crap) and dogs (dog fighting is an issue here & throwing kittens into dog matches) ...because everyone who watched it here saw a tough guy be gentle with and or take in and care about a cat. The film had a strong female character and love interest that at no time came off as weak or who was used to promote a sexualized form of misogyny so prominent in modern film. Again the view from all areas of the city to all other parts of the city was rich with landmarks and the unique quality that makes this city it's own special place: both light and dark, both gritty and scenically beautiful. An underrated film due in part to the leads press at the time which was leaning toward downing him if he was not in a so called masterpiece, which happens to most actors over time and at different periods in their lives. For perhaps the true main character ...the city itself... the film is worth the watch.
½ March 23, 2017
Not a good movie, just overall bad.
½ February 22, 2017
It involves a serial-killer so Always a half star extra ....Liked Bruce and the fact the Killer is now after his ex-girlfriends ! Good One ! SOMBLUR
½ August 16, 2016
Bruce Willis's performance in Striking Distance is truly an asset. The overall plot, however, it should have had much importance as Bruce Willis himself.
September 6, 2015
striking distance was a good movie bruce willis plays a Pittsburgh cop working the river patrol who has a new partner played by sarah Jessica parker and their is a serial killer that is driving willis crazy whose knocking off women from willis past and plays the 1950s song little red riding hood .dennis farina,tom sizemore and robert pastorelli also star
½ August 27, 2015
Underrated Bruce Willis action flick from the writer/director of the "Road House," which is frequently mocked but is actually a solid popcorn film. This film isn't exactly "The French Connection" but it is an entertaining police story about Bruce as a Pittsburg river cop who's now persona non grata on the rest of the police force after testifying against his partner who then committed suicide. The main mystery of the film revolves around a series killer who Bruce was investigating before be moved to be a river cop reemerges and targets Bruce and his new partner, Sarah Jessica Parker. Although the story isn't anything special, there are some solidly directed action sequences and and cast to die for, which besides Bruce and Parker (who I liked quite a bit and thought maybe I should finally give "Sex and the City" a try) the film also features Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, Robert Pastorelli, Timothy Busfield, John Mahoney, Andre Braugher and a couple of my favorite character actors Brion James and Tom Atkins. And I can't be certain about this, but I think this may have been one of the last of Bruce's films to feature his real hair.
½ August 21, 2015
I've always been a Bruce guy and I remember this movie wasn't so bad back in the early '90s but watching it again in's not one of his best efforts. He still brings the Bruce, but the movie just isn't that great. Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, and Brion James are awesome character actors as always, but between Sarah Jessica Parker's weird nose and the guy from Murphy Brown as the killer...things just fall apart. And it's set in Pittspuke on the Three Rivers. A mixed bag at best that ultimately comes up lame. I still might download "Hey, There Little Red Riding Hood" though to my iPod.
July 13, 2015
Better than most of the ratings say.
½ April 8, 2015
Movie does not even have enough material for a half hour show let alone an hour and a half movie.
½ February 17, 2015
A cop is fired from the department and becomes a river rat looking for the men who framed him. Good action sequences are overshadowed by a silly plot.
September 15, 2014
For every good cop movie out there, there are a dozen just like "Striking Distance", a ridiculous patchwork of cop movie cliches held together by a threadbare serial killer storyline and laughable dialogue. Writer and director Rowdy Herrington turned a mess just like this into pure gold a few years back with "Roadhouse" but he cannot work that same magic again with this mess.

There are enough red herrings for two movies, a tired plot and at the center of it all a very weary-looking Bruce Willis going through the motions. He's given some of the most embarrassing one-liners of his career and a character who is such a cliche it's almost a parody. We've all seen this disgraced cop slumming in a job that's beneath him a dozen times before, and since Willis is slumming himself. He's not even trying to do anything fresh with this material.

Sarah Jessica Parker is completely miscast as his new partner, and you fail to see what she sees in him when their relationship inevitably turns romantic. The big reveal at the end will have you scratching your head twice trying to take it all in, and I'm still trying to sort out just how plausible it really is. The entire mess culminates in a preposterous extended chase scene in which Robert Pastorelli proves to have more lives than a cat.

There are some decent action sequences early on, but "Striking Distance" is a paint-by-numbers police thriller without a single original thought or concept. You can tell by watching it that Willis feels his fans deserve better, and you know what? He's right.
August 8, 2014
Nothing special at all. The plot is linear and drags on too long. There are not any noteworthy highlights to mention.
July 27, 2014
Bruce Willis is older than Sarah Jessica Parker! Bruce Willis is not John McClane here! Bruce Willis did not kill the bad guy here. And the worst of all, Bruce Willis movie that feels unoriginal.
July 13, 2014
Not a very good movie for wills but it is decent. Ok but forgettable
June 12, 2014
Not a bad film just wasn't a good one either!
½ May 16, 2014
Though slightly formulaic in the traditional cop action films, Striking Distance benefits mainly by the solid performances by and on-screen chemistry between Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.
½ February 13, 2014
tom sizemore and bruce willis. cant imagine how much coke was blown during this horrible movie. sarah jessica parker shoulda gotten dumped in the river instead of that bottle of black label - god damn she's a whore
December 28, 2013
Formulaic, predictable and unpleasant.
November 25, 2013
The first two acts of the film are serviceably entertaining but the third act is such complete garbage that it becomes almost unwatchable.
November 8, 2013
You kinda have an idea from the get-go where there is headed.. but there are surprise twists.
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