Sgt. Bilko
Sgt. Bilko (1996)

The classic 1955-59 sitcom The Phil Silvers Show (also known as "You'll Never Get Rich" in its first few episodes) became this high concept comedy with an all-star cast. Steve Martin stars as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 29, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry

Though Martin and a solid supporting cast produce a few scattered moments of near-hilarity, for the most part the terrain here is as flat as it gets.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film is full of gratifying gags like these, but it also has to strain for newly enlarged scope.

TV Guide

Martin's Bilko is a career grifter who comes out on top every time. He's a Bilko for the nasty '90s, oily and smug.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[A] celebration of high jinks.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Wacky is just the right tone for a spring comedy.

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Aside from the sheer insanity of trying to leap into the shoes of the irreplaceable Phil Silvers, surely Martin should have recognized that the film had no script, no gags and no discernible point.

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Time Out

This is shoddy hackwork, replaying classic scenarios (the honest new recruit, audits by Pentagon bigwigs and manoeuvres in Nevada) with such disregard for narrative structure the reels might be in the wrong order.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the pleasures of the movie is all the little jokes hidden in the corners.

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Rob Gonsalves

We've seen it before, almost frame for frame, in every other service comedy, especially Stripes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Like many classic American TV shows [i]The Phil Silvers Show[/i] was something I knew of but have never really seen before (unlike [i]Mr Ed[/i] which I did… More
danny d
i liked this film. it was a fun comedy, not great and i didnt actually laugh much but martin is always entertaining. this was decent.
Alex roy
Sgt. Bilko is a very good comedy that unfortunately is pretty underrated. Steve Martin is great here and there's plenty of good elements to make up a smart… More
xGary Xx
Not quite as horrendous as I was led to believe, but there's only ONE ernie Bilko.
Spencer S.
Remember those secret little comedy gems Steve Martin made in the 80's and 90's that no one ever saw but were amazing? Yeah, this isn't one of… More
Deb S
In this film Steve Martin plays Sergeant Bilko, a scam-artist behind every questionable activity and a myriad of other "victim less" crimes and… More