The Rookie
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Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, LAPD Detective Nick Pulovki figures he's got all the help he needs. He's also got all the help he doesn't need. His new partner is The Rookie. Director/star Clint Eastwood is Pulovski. Charlie Sheen is the by-the-book newcomer. Each reluctantly relies on the other to stop a killer-elite gang of auto thieves. Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Lara Flynn Boyle and Tom Skerritt co-star with the most spectacular action sequences Eastwood has ever filmed (Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune). A freeway becomes an 80-mph bumper car game. A barrio bar busts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all meant in good fun, but it isn't. It's tired."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ..."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The one in which Clint Eastwood gets raped... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A good leave-your-brain-at-the-door-and-enjoy actioner"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"[A] depressingly familiar mismatched cop adventure ..."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Fails miserably to join the ranks of buddy cop classics like Lethal Weapon and 48 hours."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...pretty disappointing for an Eastwood film, undoubtedly one of the low points of his directing career."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An entertaining buddy-cop movie with some exciting action sequences and some great lines. Eastwood and Sheen are an amusing odd couple."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"There's even a scene in which Sheen's rich father screams, "I gave you everything you ever wanted!" To which he yells back, "You were never there for me!" Right out of Arthur Miller, isn't it?"
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The film offers some disturbingly misogynist elements as well as a healthy dose of crushing violence. Still, those quibbles aside, this is a fun movie and a must-see for Eastwood fans."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's not necessarily bad, but it's crushingly routine, delivered without care, and with emphasis only on some expensive-looking chase scenes and stunts."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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