Stakeout (1987)

Though John Badham's Stakeout doesn't flinch in the violence department, the film concentrates primarily on characterization. Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez play a pair of Seattle detectives, assigned to capture escaped hood… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 5, 1987
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Slick, sure-footed entertainment, one part buddy comedy and one part police actioner stitched together with a dash of romance.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

You might want to stake out a theater near you.

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Michael E. Grost
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Derek Adams
Time Out

Between Lecce's illicit courtship and Reimers' consternation, there are some hearty laughs of a juvenile nature.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A mature human farce that values characters' foibles over their firearms.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Beats the Lethal Weapon movies at their own game.

Walter Goodman
New York Times

The director uses the conventions of the action-comedy in so adroit a way that you may even forget the hundred other films you've seen lately about a couple of cops kidding around with each other in between battling the bad guys.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Dreyfuss and his style are the two best things in "Stakeout," a movie that consists of a good idea surrounded by a bad one.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Dreyfuss and Estevez have true comedic chemistry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The same year as the greatest buddy cop action flick of all time 'Lethal Weapon' and at times you can see a similarity to be honest. The opening… More
Aj V
I've seen a lot of these detective romance movies recently, but this one was the most fun. Not just because I love Emilio either. It's exciting and… More
Lucas Martins
Stakeout is a passable movie, not very good, but exciting and funny.
Jens S.
Not having seen this film for quite a while I did not remember how much it is based in the 80s. That starts with the soundtrack and ends with the look of the… More
Ken Stachnik
One or two fun moments, but overall not the best (or worst) entry into the buddy cop genre. The fight in the saw mill at the end is well done.
Dean King
A funny cop buddy movie.