'Showtime' Critic Reviews

45%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
25%
Rotten Tomatoes:   141 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    ... a lead-balloon caper ...
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    A small fortune in salaries and stunt cars might have been saved if the director, Tom Dey, had spliced together bits and pieces of Midnight Run and 48 Hours (and, for that matter, Shrek).
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    ... Showtime isn't much of a show at all.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's not so much the generally preposterous premise as it is its sloppy handling that completely unhinges the film.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    [P]artnering Murphy with Robert De Niro for the TV-cops comedy Showtime would seem to be surefire casting. The catch is that they're stuck with a script that prevents them from firing on all cylinders.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jessica Winter Village Voice (Top Critic)
    90 punitive minutes of eardrum-dicing gunplay, screeching-metal smashups, and flaccid odd-couple sniping.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    59
    Without a heavy dose of self-reflexive irony, the film's ample use of cliches don't come across as clever -- they're just cliches.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    Showtime's starry cast could be both an asset and a detriment. Those who trek to the 'plex predisposed to like it probably will enjoy themselves. But ticket-buyers with great expectations will wind up as glum as Mr. De Niro.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    25
    It's really yet another anemic and formulaic Lethal Weapon-derived buddy-cop movie, trying to pass off its lack of imagination as hip knowingness.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    The thinness of the conception gives the actors so little room to maneuver that they turn in uniformly one-note performances.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    Showtime's complete lack of originality oozes off the screen like, um, rancid popcorn butter.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Between them, De Niro and Murphy make Showtime the most savory and hilarious guilty pleasure of many a recent movie season.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
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  • Jonathan Foreman New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Sloppy, half-baked mess.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    The results are hit and miss and miss again.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    You know you've entered flat dramatic terrain when William Shatner towers over it.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Ray Conlogue Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    ... most of Showtime is a layering of tired pop-culture tropes by actors who are not especially interested in what they're doing.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Charles Taylor Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Showtime isn't particularly assaultive, but it can still make you feel that you never want to see another car chase, explosion or gunfight again.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The film is nothing more than a re-hash of other individual Murphy and De Niro outings.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Under the routine direction of Tom Dey, Showtime looks like any cop movie made during the past decade.
    Full Review » 13 years ago