Down Periscope
Down Periscope (1996)

Vulgar, slapstick comedy abounds in this feature film debut for television sitcom star Kelsey Grammer. Almost everyone else thinks of Lieutenant Commander Tom Dodge is a class "A" goof who messes up every task he is assigned, but… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leonard Klady

It's good-natured, innocuous frivolity that should raise a few smiles and generate good but not great spring box office.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The tone of the acting, which is set by Mr. Grammer's blandly laid-back performance, is all wrong for a genre that demands over-the-top hamming.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Some innuendo, profanity in mediocre slapstick comedy.

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Time Out

he construction is so ramshackle (or the mood so PC) that the film-makers put a woman (Holly) on board, then can't find a thing to do with her.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

More laid-back here than he is on television, Grammer seems to barely break a sweat.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not exactly a bad movie, but it's so forgettable that it's almost exhausting.

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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

A soggy sub sandwich layered with cheesy action, stale jokes and gung-ho baloney.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

After that auspicious opening, it sinks.

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TV Guide

Exactly what you'd expect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Down Periscope for me, at least is a harmless comedy. Down Periscope is one of those films that you either love or hate. People seem to hate it because… More
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Wahida K
A rusty sub. A rebel commander. A renegade crew. When destiny called, they should have hung up. <br/>Inthebakset
xGary Xx
Kelsey Grammar trades in the sophisticated wit of Frasier and slums it in this lame submarine comedy that's basically Police Academy under the sea. One of… More
Dean McKenna
This screwball comedy movie is practically <i>Police Academy</i> at sea. The humor is a little sleazy at times but the language wasn't too bad.… More
Dann Michalski
Set sail for hilarity with the goofball comedy Down Periscope. When the Navy schedules a series of war games to see if a rogue vessel could breach their… More