Beverly Hills Cop
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What's that wisecracking young black guy (Eddie Murphy) in that beat-up Chevy Nova doing in lily-white Beverly Hills? He's Axel Foley, a Detroit detective who's been sent on involuntary vacation because he refuses to drop his intention of avenging his friend's murder. Warned by Beverly Hills police chief Ronny Cox to stay out of trouble, Foley nonetheless dogs the trail of above-the-law Steven Berkoff, the British crime czar who was responsible for the murder of Foley's friend. With the help of sympathetic local cops Judge Reinhold and John Ashton and lady friend Lisa… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Murphy exudes the kind of cheeky, cocky charm that has been missing from the screen since Cagney was a pup, snarling his way out of the ghetto."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The connecting stuff is just bagatelle."
‑ , Time Out
"Fast, enjoyable, often witty action-comedy that made Eddie Muprphy the most popular movie star in the country."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Classic '80s Murphy vehicle; fun but foulmouthed."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"Murphy at his absolute best."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's one of the few star comedies of the early 80s to allot some humor and personality to the minor characters."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Eddie Murphy looks like the latest victim of the Star Magic Syndrome, in which it is assumed that a movie will be a hit simply because it stars an enormously talented person."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Simply put, Beverly Hills Cop is one of the best buddy cop movies ever made."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"See website for more details."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Screen It!
"Murphy exudes a natural sense of entitlement and superiority that elevates him above the Beverly Hills fops even in his grimy sweatshirt ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Expectations that Eddie Murphy's street brand of rebelliousness would devastate staid and glittery Beverly Hills are not entirely met in a film that grows increasingly dramatic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Murphy knows exactly what he's doing, and he wins at every turn."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"begin charting the legendarily-steep decline of Murphy as a conversation worth having outside the tabloids."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Brash, crude and very funny."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the great popular entertainments of our time, a film that still has a place on the top 40 list of American box-office champs, and continues to look slick and full of energy almost twenty years after opening."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
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