Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. Works just fine as a generic but fast-paced - and rather ugly - cop buddy flick.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Clumsy urban thriller.
  3. 38
    The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.
  4. 30
    Herzfeld also wrote the screenplay, and so its leaden and obvious tone and the resulting dearth of delicacy rests squarely on him.
  5. 15 Minutes settles into Richard Donner-style goulash.
  6. 25
    It takes a concerted effort to make a movie as relentlessly stupid and grating as 15 Minutes.
  7. It's the poster child for bad taste, not to mention bad construction.
  8. Is less an end in itself than an excuse, a jumping off point for showy, contrived, borderline exploitation sequences that fail to tie together because they're not really there to do anything but sell themselves as money shot thrills.
  9. John Herzfeld, the writer-director, attacks America's lust for voyeuristic sensationalism by aping the very tactics he decries.
  10. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    15 Minutes is simply a bad movie.
  11. 20
    It's fleet- footed, merciless entertainment. But the mixture of laughs, bathos and brutality is a big turnoff.
  12. They (De Niro, Burns) look good together. But what a staggering pity they chose such a nasty, hackneyed movie to demonstrate their chemistry.
  13. 0
    Isn't just rotten -- badly acted, badly written, badly conceived -- it's dead inside.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    0
    It all adds up to one of the most brazen pieces of blame-shifting in exploitation-picture history.
  15. If Detroit had produced an equivalent lemon, we might have been seeing the world's first one-wheeled, square-tired car with no cooling system, steering wheel or brakes.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. JureB.
    Dec 29, 2008
    7
    I enjoyed this one enough to give it 7. If you (critics that gave zeroes) are in a bad mood or...whatever are your problems, please don't write stupid things. There are other movies that you gave good marks where it is so obvious that in your saturation by the media you started to be ridiculous searching for a good movie. Full Review »