The Pick-Up Artist
The Pick-Up Artist (1987)

In this low-budget romantic comedy, a self-styled playboy (actually a young grade-school teacher) puts his best moves on a lovely tour guide at a New York museum and soon finds himself hopelessly entangled with the mob.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 18, 1987
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

James Toback's long-gestating portrait of a one-track mind becomes bogged down in unconvincing plot mechanics.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A light and fairly innocuous youth picture.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey Jr. head the unusually talented cast of characters assembled for this small but taut film.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film roams from the Upper West Side to Coney Island to Atlantic City, maintaining a lighthearted style that doesn't quite match the hints of obsessiveness in Mr. Toback's screenplay.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Pickup's 'little more' is in its quirky characters and its intentionally goofy melodrama.

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TV Guide

Toback has devised an interesting premise that draws parallels between risking one's heart and one's wallet, but the picture itself risks little.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is an appallingly silly movie, from its juvenile comic overture to its dreadfully sincere conclusion.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Downey, who worked for one season on Saturday Night Live, has just the right emotional weight for the role of Jack, and the right touch of goofy boyishness to soften his aggressiveness.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Features Robert Downey Jr. as a smooth-talking womanizer who meets his match.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I know this movie isn't perfect, but I do love it. One of those movies I grew up with staring the beautiful Molly Ringwald as Randy. How much did I want… More
Alexis Nomm
Your typical Boy Meet Girl.. girl sleep with boy then ditches boy, boy tries to get girl back by stalking girl and paying girl's father's gambling… More
Aj V
The story is kind of a mish-mash of two different stories, and the dialogue is horrible, but there are a bunch of great actors in the movie. The actors are the… More
Dean McKenna
Ladies' man Robert Downey Jr. puts the make on gutsy Molly Ringwald with lines Cleopatra would have recognised. Downey displays as much charisma as a pot… More
Conner Rainwater
Nothing special, but this really finds its own in the second half. The first half is just a little too happy go lucky and silly, but when the love story kicks… More
Leigh Ryan
Good movie.