Mad Dog and Glory
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John McNaughton directed this Richard Price-scripted comedy about a cop who learns to love an unwanted gift from a gangster. Robert De Niro plays Wayne Dobie, a shy and reclusive Chicago cop who has never fired a gun. Dobie is an evidence technician who takes photographs at crime scenes, earning the moniker of "Mad Dog" for his diffident attitude. One day Dobie walks in on a convenience store holdup and saves the life of Chicago mob boss Frank Milo (Bill Murray). Frank is impressed by the way Dobie handled the holdup and wants to pay him back for saving his life. In thrall to Frank… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"De Niro seems committed to the part of the sensitive loner, while Murray all but succeeds in mixing smooth and sinister, heartfelt and hot-tempered."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Throw Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Bill Murray together in a Universal Pictures movie and what do you get? Something that starts off at a beautiful clip before back-pedaling like crazy into a risk-free happy ending."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"An edgy romantic drama that never quite jells, but has enough moments of humor and/or charm to make it worth seeing."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An original if incoherent fable about the intricate relationships between a cop, a girl, and a gangster whose tone shifts radically from scene to scene, unable to reconcile between the story's softer love elements and its harder urban edges."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"An almost unconscionably enjoyable movie that plays like something conceived by a contemporary, furiously hip Damon Runyon."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The tone is uneven, with the dark moments lacking a tanglible sense of danger and the uplifting scenes missing a much-needed lightheartedness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film's main sin seems to be its indecision as to whether it is a black comedy, a satire, a thriller or a love story. It's none of the above. Just tedious."
‑ , Film4
"Great romantic gangster caper"
‑ Fred Topel,
"a real curiosity, well-played by DeNiro, Thurman, Murray and Caruso"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Mad Dog and Glory is the kind of movie I like to see more than once."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's the rapport between the two actors, De Niro and Murray, that saves Mad Dog and Glory from being something less than just another buddy movie."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A terrific little comedy, as well as a showcase for screenwriter Richard Price's incomparable ear for dialogue."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"DeNiro can play a complete wimp and Murray can play a heavy--who knew?"
‑ Widgett Walls,
"A lot better than it looks, thanks in large part to Bill Murray's offbeat performance."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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