Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a remake of the 1964 film farce Bedtime Story. Steve Martin and Michael Caine take over the roles originally played by Marlon Brando and David Niven: two international con artists, plying their trade on gullible… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 14, 1988
DVD Release Date: December 17, 1997
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A buoyant, clever update of the conman flick Bedtime Story, with plenty of comedic jousting resulting from a winning chemistry between Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Variety Staff

A wonderfully crafted, absolutely charming remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Martin, the most eloquent of physical clowns -- the Baryshnikov of comedy -- is at his most inspired here. He parodies feelings, attitudes, states of mind that one would think were exempt from it, and his caricature of dapper suavity is killingly precise.

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TV Guide

An amusing comedy whose strengths and weaknesses both stem from the broad treatment of the material.

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Time Out

There's little enough to keep you occupied as Caine and Martin go through their comic set pieces in workaday fashion while the film moves mechanically from one contrived situation to the next.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The chemistry between Martin and Caine is fun, and Headly provides a resilient foil as a woman who looks like a pushover but somehow never seems to topple.

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The surprise ending can be spotted a mile off, but it's still enormous fun getting there.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Their comic methods are different, but from their first unequal encounter until the very last in a series of twist endings, Mr. Caine and Mr. Martin work together with an exuberant ease that's a joy to watch.

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Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

Martin and Caine scam women. Not for young kids.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Near classic comedy of con artists on the loose with Steve Martin and Michael Caine playing off each other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The life (and livelihood) of a well established continental con artist (Michael Caine) on the Riviera is disrupted when clumsy competition appears in the person… More
Aj V
Martin and Caine are an interesting duo for a comedy, and Frank Oz directs. This movie is fun and very funny, I enjoyed it.
Candy Rose
Michael and Steve are hilarious as con men trying to out do each other, but they meet their match in the jackel. Very funny and interesting plots.
Alice Shen
A delectable romp! Steve Martin overhams a bit, but it's nicely balanced out by Michael Caine's gentlemen thief. The lean and cross - what a move!
Mike S
Steve Martin and Michael Caine make quite the comedic pair, in this delightfully entertaining 80's gem, about two rivalring con artists - one the street… More
Tim Salmons
A very funny film. An unlikely pairing, but enjoyable nonetheless.