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Starsky & Hutch Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    55

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What's wrong with this picture? Nothing, as long as you don't expect more than a tossed-off goof.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Cruises along agreeably on the easy chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who step in where Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul left off.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    To turn fondly remembered TV trash into a movie that knows it's cruddy -- and that isn't, therefore, quite as cruddy as it might have been -- takes a perverse pinch of talent, if not style.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    There may be no crying need for this movie, but we could use the laughs.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A surprisingly funny movie, the best of the 1970s recycling jobs, with one laugh ("Are you OK, little pony?") almost as funny as the moment in "Dumb and Dumber" when the kid figured out his parakeet's head was Scotch-taped on.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Silly, but lots of fun for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very explicit sexual situations and references for a PG-13, including "comic" gay overtones, a threesome (with girls kissing each other), and the swapping of mild sexual favors for information from an informant. A character accidentally ingests cocaine, and his strung-out meltdown is played for humor. Other characters drink and use cocaine (off-camera) and the plot centers on a huge cocaine deal. Characters are in peril. One is killed and a child is injured. There's some strong language, including racial epithets. A strength of the movie is the way that diverse characters work together. Some audience members may be offended by the fact that the villain is Jewish.

  • Families can talk about what made Starsky and Hutch change their minds about each other. Why is it good to have friends who are not just like us? What does it mean to say "To err is human, to forgive divine?" (By the way, contrary to the two mis-attributions in the film, that was said by Alexander Pope.)

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The usual shoot 'em up stuff.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Explicit references, a threesome, gay humor.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, drug use and dealing, smoking.

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