Her Alibi
Her Alibi (1989)

A frustrated writer helps save a woman being railroaded by the law -- or is she? -- in this comic mystery with romantic overtones. Phil Blackwood (Tom Selleck) is a best-selling mystery novelist who has run into a bad case of writer's… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 3, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

He's a mystery writer, she's a mystery; and it's also a mystery how TV fodder like this manages to get the high-gloss, top-talent treatment at studios.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Screenwriter Charlie Peters is the predictable piggy whose arrested pubescence informs Her Alibi. When it comes to imagination, he has much in common with his hero.

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TV Guide

Her Alibi veers with little purpose from bland drama to heavy-handed slapstick, with rhythm, characterization, and plotting better suited to television than the movies

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Time Out

The plot is ludicrous, which in itself would be perfectly acceptable given sharper handling, but both script and direction devote so much time to romantic undercurrents that the central intrigue is further divested of credibility.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You know a movie is in trouble when you start looking at your watch. You know it's in bad trouble when you start shaking your watch because you think it might have stopped.

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Rich Cline
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A romantic melodrama of a boringness to make your average tooth extraction seem preferable.

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Empire Magazine

A dodgy script and weak direction means the decent performances fall flat.

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Scott Weinberg

Her Alibi is a trifling confection, a near-invisible farce, cinematic pocket lint. That's not to say that it's a terrible movie; cake icing certainly isn't a terrible food.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
Very funny Tom Selleck Movie. :) I liked it alot & there was alot of hilarious parts as well. :)
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Another forgettable chapter in Tom Selleck's film non-career. Allegedly comic mystery in which he supplies a beautiful stranger with a fake alibi and we… More
Barry Lappin
She is so cute...and the film isnt bad either...
Dean McKenna
Thriller writer Selleck provides an alibi for beautiful murder suspect Porizkova, only to wonder if he's next for the chop.