Dragnet (1987)

Dan Aykroyd must have practiced for months to perfect his Jack Webb inflections for Dragnet. Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz's directorial debut (also written by Mankiewicz, along with Aykroyd, and Alan Zweibel) is a gentle spoof of the… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's sporadically funny and certainly well-cast, Dragnet is too clumsy and inconsistent to honor its classic source material.

Variety Staff

More innocuous than inventive.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps).

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

It simply doesn't come off, and the viewer will be left with an empty feeling, a vacuous notion that somehow the laugh scenes slipped by unnoticed. They were never really there.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The script is a gold mine of one-liners.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences.

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Time Out

Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's fun a lot of the time. Several individual shots are hilarious.

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Deservedly a critical and box-office fiasco.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY! Classic 80's comedy with Hanks in his silly prime and Aykroyd when he was in everything haha. There are some genius moments of… More
Lenny Muggsy
Funny movie version of the classic show. Great dry humor here throughout the whole film like a more deadpan/detective-like Fletch.
Lucas Martins
Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?
Jason Spencer
Funny flick and one of the first tv to film adaptations I ever saw.
David Ladd
'Dragnet' is the movie Dan Aykroyd must have lived his whole life (up till then) to make. It is truly a moment of cosmic destiny that sees him donning… More
xGary Xx
Affectionate send-up of an old TV show that's never laugh out loud funny, but Ackroyd and Hanks make a reasonably amusing chalk and cheese double act,… More

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