Dragnet (1987)

Based on the television series of the same name, this film follows the exploits of Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd), the nephew of the famous police officer, as he is teamed up with a new partner, Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks). While Friday is a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's sporadically funny and certainly well-cast, Dragnet is too clumsy and inconsistent to honor its classic source material.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Dan Aykroyd steals the show with a hilarious impersonation and tribute to the stern-faced TV cop Joe Friday, played for more than a decade by Jack Webb.

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Time Out

Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

The update carries only a surface resemblance to its television ancestor; the rest is more reminiscent of the comic-book world of Batman, Robin and Superman.

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Variety Staff

More innocuous than inventive.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps).

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Nick Rogers

At one time, maybe Dan Aykroyd's accelerated, authoritative jibber-jabber caroming off Tom Hanks' loud wailing was enough. But today, "Dragnet" feels pokey next to the peers of based-on-TV-series sorta-parodies it helped inspire.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The script is a gold mine of one-liners.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Lots of naughty behavior, laughs in TV cop spoof.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Ackroyd does a pretty good impersonation of Jack Webb's Joe Friday, and that's the reason they're throwing this party. Unfortunately, that the… More
David Ladd
'Dragnet' is the movie Dan Aykroyd must have lived his whole life (up till then) to make. It is truly a moment of cosmic destiny that sees him donning… More
Phil Hubbs
THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY! Classic 80's comedy with Hanks in his silly prime and Aykroyd when he was in everything haha. There are some genius moments of… More
Lenny Muggsy
Funny movie version of the classic show. Great dry humor here throughout the whole film like a more deadpan/detective-like Fletch.
Lucas Martins
Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?
Jason Spencer
Funny flick and one of the first tv to film adaptations I ever saw.

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