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Showtime Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    32

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    De Niro seems to be reacting to nothing so much as the lame movie he's stuck in.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    De Niro's scowl and Murphy's sass are inherently funny, though in this case both actors are forced to call in moviegoers' long-established goodwill.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What the movie lacks in coherence it makes up for in zest, well-founded self-delight and a sharpshooter's eye for the absurdities of reality TV.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

A funny movie for adults and older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a lot of action violence, including a special highly destructive gun that can blow up a car or knock down a house. Characters are killed (offscreen). Characters deal in drugs and illegal weapons. The police violate police procedure and abuse the rights of suspects and prisoners, manipulating one into talking without his lawyer present and getting into a fistfight with others. Characters use strong language, including comic sexual references.

  • Families can talk about whether "reality television" is an oxymoron. Is it possible to put "reality" on television? How do TV cops differ from real ones?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Characters in peril, often comic but sometimes serious, characters killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Comic sexual references.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug dealers, smoking, drinking.

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