Showtime (2002)

Robert DeNiro continues to lampoon his tough-guy persona with this spoof of buddy cop movies that teams him with comic co-star Eddie Murphy. DeNiro is L.A.P.D. detective Mitch Preston, a gruff, no-nonsense 28-year veteran whose bust of a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

The thinness of the conception gives the actors so little room to maneuver that they turn in uniformly one-note performances.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A funny movie for adults and older teens.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

90 punitive minutes of eardrum-dicing gunplay, screeching-metal smashups, and flaccid odd-couple sniping.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's not so much the generally preposterous premise as it is its sloppy handling that completely unhinges the film.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Throughout the movie, De Niro scowls and looks as if something smells bad -- and something does. It's the script.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This has the feel of something that was written by committee and it's all been done before.

Mike Clark
USA Today

... Showtime isn't much of a show at all.

Sara Michelle Fetters

What can you say when the best thing about a movie is William Shatner playing himself and parodying his own persona?

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I came to this film because a blogger on Facebook had opined that 2002 was the year DeNiro decided that he didn't give a damn anymore. I fully expected the… More
Arash Xak
Entertaining, De Niro is good like always
Wahida K
Showtime a lot of LOL s Movies.
Jason Spencer
It wasn't very good and might be a low point in both the actors careers.
Conner Rainwater
It's not the worst thing Eddie Murphy has ever done, but it might be De Niro's. It is a failed attempt at a buddy cop revitalization. It has very… More
Tim Sigur
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby!

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