Fatal Beauty
Fatal Beauty (1987)

In this action-packed crime film, undercover detective Rita Rizzoli (Whoopi Goldberg) is on a mission to uncover the mastermind behind a large drug ring pushing a killer batch of cocaine.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 30, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The wisecracks and the swaggering are as unrelieved as the film's almost comically ecstatic gunplay. Someone must have figured audiences like things this way.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tom Holland directed from a script and story credited to three individuals, anyone could have knocked this one out during coffee break.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A lackluster Beverly Hills Cop rip-off.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Goldberg's best work since The Color Purple.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Never quite hits the sweet spot in balancing action and humor. The film clunkily moves back and forth between them, rather than getting them to work in unison.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So-so Whoopi comedy-thriller. There are worse things and she's made some of them.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Bloody, boring and pandering, is as poisonous as the drug trade it pretends to defame.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Whoopi Goldberg is at her sassy, funny best in this upbeat 1987 cop caper, playing a Los Angeles detective who takes no nonsense and is ready for anything the badass guys can dish out

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Clint Morris

what night's rubbish night again?

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