Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kirk Ellis
Hollywood Reporter

This lickety-split action comedy is distinguished by the wry, character-conscious direction of Martin Brest, who coaxes a silver-bullet performance from star Eddie Murphy that's practically criminal in its accuracy.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Cole Smithey

(PODCAST) Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley is a gay cop out to solve the murder of an ex-lover. 20 years of hindsight shows Axel Foley to be a great gay icon of '80s pop culture.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

The connecting stuff is just bagatelle.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

By no means great cinema... but it is a great popcorn movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's one of the few star comedies of the early 80s to allot some humor and personality to the minor characters.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Fast, enjoyable, often witty action-comedy that made Eddie Muprphy the most popular movie star in the country.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
In a piece he wrote for GQ a couple of years ago, Mark Harris opined that much of Hollywood's current malaise stems from the mind-set of the generation… More
Alex roy
Beverly Hills Cop is along with the first Lethal Weapon one of best buddy cop action films that blends bits of humor. Eddie Murphy gives a good performance… More
Melvin White
Axel Foley: Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What's the fuckin' charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking? … More
Directors Cat
Eddie Murphy performs fantastically as a street smart cop who does things a bit differently yet at the same time amazingly he brings the laughs along to a… More
Lucas Martins
Funny and entertaining, Beverly Hills Cop it's one of the best comedy actions from the 80's, without being cliche or boring.
Ken Stachnik
It's hard to judge Beverly Hills Cop as the movie with modern Eyes. It's has been borrowed from, stolen from and imitated so much that most of it… More