The Rookie
The Rookie (1990)

Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, LAPD Detective Nick Pulovki figures he's got all the help he needs. He's also got all the help he doesn't need. His new partner is The Rookie. Director/star Clint Eastwood is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 7, 1990
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's all meant in good fun, but it isn't. It's tired.

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Variety Staff

Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ...

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Empire Magazine

Fails miserably to join the ranks of buddy cop classics like Lethal Weapon and 48 hours.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[A] depressingly familiar mismatched cop adventure ...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clint's in this car wreck doing his usual macho thing, which might be enough to satisfy his fans.

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TV Guide

The film offers some disturbingly misogynist elements as well as a healthy dose of crushing violence. Still, those quibbles aside, this is a fun movie and a must-see for Eastwood fans.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

There's even a scene in which Sheen's rich father screams, "I gave you everything you ever wanted!" To which he yells back, "You were never there for me!" Right out of Arthur Miller, isn't it?

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

One of the worst films directed by Clint Eastwood...

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The one in which Clint Eastwood gets raped... [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
The Rookie is an underappreciated Eastwood film. Its non-stop action with an excellent cast, featuring Eastwood, Raul Julia, Tom Skerrit, terribly dangerous and… More
Tim Salmons
Ok, so this isn't exactly a great action movie, nor is it a great character study. It has some charm to it though. The score, first of all, is completely… More
Martin Sahlin
It was an okay movie. And it was nice to see Clint Eastwood actualy do something instead of just stairing into the sun for two hours
Wahida K
How can be a Clint Eastwood Movie ruined? I asked myself and the answer was in this Movie. But even he is allowed to make mistakes.
Phil Hubbs
First time I've actually seen this uncut it seems as allot of the swearing and violence...err I've never seen before hehe. Clint teams up with a… More
Jason Owens
Seems to be one of Eastwood's lesser liked titles, but I actually liked it a good bit, which wasn't surprising to me. Good movie in my book.