Paramount Pictures | Release Date: December 5, 1984
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ToxicDynoCriticNov 8, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Where do I start?

This is undoubtedly the greatest comedy of all time. The action is also well filmed.

The plot is quite a simple 'my friend was murdered, gonna go undercover.'/Cat-and-mouse story. But it is done in a unique, interesting, hilarious way. Though being hilarious... the film also plays as a gritty crime story.

There are lots of memorable lines such as: "Get the f*** outta here!", “This is not my locker”, “You do that again, I’ll shoot you myself” and “Don’t you think I realise what’s going on here, miss? Who do you think I am, huh? Don’t you think I know that if I was some hotshot from out of town that pulled inside here and you guys made a reservation mistake, I’d be the first one to get a room and I’d be upstairs relaxing right now. But I’m not some hotshot from out of town, I’m a small reporter from “Rolling Stone” magazine that’s in town to do an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson that’s gonna be picked up by every major magazine in the country. I was gonna call the article “Michael Jackson Is Sitting On Top of the World,” but now I think I might as well just call it “Michael Jackson Can Sit On Top of the World Just As Long As He Doesn’t Sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel cause There’s No N*ggers Allowed in There!”. Yeah, it's a very crude film involving lots of swearing, but if you can deal with that, then it is a must watch comedy CLASSIC!

Also it is maybe the most rewatchable film of all time.

9.9/10- Outstandingly written and extremely hilarious, Beverly Hills Cop is to this day one of the best comedies ever... not to mention a hilarious performance by Eddie Murphy.
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Christopher_G2Jul 16, 2016
For me Beverly Hills Cop has age far from perfectly. Compared to other Murphy 80's hits like Trading Places and 48 Hours, both which still hold as some of the better mainstream flicks from early in the decade, this film, which was a massiveFor me Beverly Hills Cop has age far from perfectly. Compared to other Murphy 80's hits like Trading Places and 48 Hours, both which still hold as some of the better mainstream flicks from early in the decade, this film, which was a massive box office hit, shows it's weaknesses in originality and intelligence. Murphy is very good, and it's certainly funny enough to recommend, but it lacks a certain wit, and the ending is really cliche. Expand
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kyle20ellisJul 6, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Outstandingly written and extremely hilarious, Beverly Hills Cop is to this day one of the best comedies ever not to mention a hilarious performance by Eddie Murphy. Expand
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MovieMasterEddyApr 3, 2016
"Beverly Hills Cop" finds Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: playing the shrewdest, hippest, fastest-talking underdog in a rich man's world. An opening montage establishes the ghetto origins of Axel Foley, the Detroit policeman whom Mr."Beverly Hills Cop" finds Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: playing the shrewdest, hippest, fastest-talking underdog in a rich man's world. An opening montage establishes the ghetto origins of Axel Foley, the Detroit policeman whom Mr. Murphy plays. But Axel turns out to be much more at home in the posh California settings where most of the film takes place. Cruising the streets of Beverly Hills in his jalopy, or strolling into hotels and restaurants in a well-worn sweatshirt, Axel maintains every bit of his cool. Far from being daunted, he enjoys the challenge. Axel's confidence never wavers, nor does his natural authority - and for that, audiences will love him.

''Beverly Hills Cop,'' which opens today at Loews State and other theaters, is an even better showcase for Mr. Murphy's talents than ''Trading Places'' was, although it gets off to a shaky start. A Detroit prologue, combining an over-scored car chase sequence with the murder of Axel's best friend, is somewhat bungled; Martin Brest, the director, establishes the friendship in such brief and sodden terms that it's a wonder Axel cares at all about finding his buddy's killers. But track them he does, and the trail leads him to a Beverly Hills art gallery filled with hilarious modern sculpture. Searching out the owner, Mr. Murphy's Axel is soon booted through a plate-glass window, At that point, two blond policemen arrest him for disturbing the peace.

However, he easily establishes the upper hand. He takes up residence in an elegant hotel that was not expecting him, after loudly intimating that the desk clerk may be practicing racial discrimination and also announcing that he's in town to interview Michael Jackson. He also makes some inroads with the local police force, who get to know him after arresting him and following him around town, and who cannot help but admire his technique. Notwithstanding the title, Axel never does join the Beverly Hills police himself. But he manages to teach them a thing or two about how to invent fish stories, how to bend the rules, and why it's imperative that no one ever put a banana in the tailpipe of a patrol car.

Although ''Beverly Hills Cop'' is less strictly a comedy than ''Trading Places'' was, it loses nothing by allowing Mr. Murphy a broader role; his brashness is as well suited to detective work as to sweet-talking his way out of trouble. He comes closer than ever to being able to carry a film single-handedly, although this one surrounds him with an excellent supporting cast. Mr. Brest displays a particular talent for positioning just the right actors in small roles and letting them make their marks succinctly. John Aston and Judge Reinhold are well teamed as a stuffy police sergeant and his more laissez-faire young partner, and Ronny Cox is suitably dumbfounded as the superior who can't quite understand why this Mr. Murphy's newcomer has the regulars on the ropes. Steven Berkoff makes a chilling villain named Victor Maitland, and Lisa Eilbacher is appealing as an old friend of Axel's who happens to be in Maitland's employ. The brief scenes in Maitland's art gallery are greatly enlivened by Bronson Pinchot, whose accent should baffle linguists everywhere. Mr. Pinchot even steals these scenes from Mr. Murphy, which can't have been easy.

''Beverly Hills Cop'' was written by Daniel Petrie, Jr., who co-wrote the story with Danilo Bach. The material never makes an overt issue out of Axel's blackness (indeed, the role was once intended for Sylvester Stallone), except on several occasions when Mr. Murphy slyly uses it as one more weapon in his conversational arsenal. However, the mere juxtaposition of a shabbily dressed Mr. Murphy and the film's staid Beverly Hills locations has great comic potential, in view of the star's unfailing superiority. To the extent that Mr. Murphy has a true co-star here it is the city itself, which throws up a long parade of obstacles to his mission, and which seems a constant reproach to his renegade ways. But Mr. Murphy knows exactly what he's doing, and he wins at every turn.
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EpicLadySpongeJan 31, 2016
Beverly Hills Cop is released in that era where Eddie Murphy didn't betray us all during the years. He's trying so hard and so far we only take him as a Donkey in the 2000's. In the 1980's and 1990's, we take him as any kind of these movies released.
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MovieGuysSep 24, 2013
Beverly Hill Cop is a very fun 80's action movie with a formulaic plot and cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill, cop characters. What pulls he movie off and generates almost al the hype about it is Eddie Murphy's funny, smart performance as Axe Foley.
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SpangleAug 22, 2013
Definitely an entertaining movie that provides its fair share of laughs. Murphy is hilarious in his role and does really well acting-wise as well, Judge Reinhold is also quite goofy in his role. The main issue is that it can be kind of slowDefinitely an entertaining movie that provides its fair share of laughs. Murphy is hilarious in his role and does really well acting-wise as well, Judge Reinhold is also quite goofy in his role. The main issue is that it can be kind of slow at times, though as a whole, this movie is certainly entertaining enough. Collapse
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SEROJMay 27, 2013
Classic! If you haven't seen this amazing action comedy ,do it now! Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest comedians and actors this world has ever known, and this is one of the movies that prove it! My score for the first part of the trylogyClassic! If you haven't seen this amazing action comedy ,do it now! Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest comedians and actors this world has ever known, and this is one of the movies that prove it! My score for the first part of the trylogy "Beverly Hills Cop" is 7/10 Expand
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StevenFMay 12, 2013
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In comedy terms this isn't Eddie Murphy at his absolute best, but a film that starts off light-hearted and gradually builds quite a bit of tension is definitely worth watching almost 30 years on.
Murphy stars as Detroit cop Axel Foley, who gives his precinct more than enough problems with his unauthorised undercover operations.
But when an old friend from Beverly Hills comes to visit, tragedy soon strikes and Axel soon jumps back into his unauthorised ways to try and figure out just who the shady characters are that are lurking around Beverly Hills. He takes in everything with zest, the overpriced hotels, mercedes everywhere and fashion sense gone wild. But as Foley begins to uncover secrets regarding the men he is after, he is really stuck for people to turn to, seeing as he is supposed to be on holiday and has also been told by his boss back in Detroit to stay away from the ongoing murder case.
He is also being followed by two bungling cops Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Taggart (John Ashton), who keep getting spotted by Axel in their stakeouts, but who prove useful as the film plays out.
Beverly Hills Cop never really attempts to be a big flashy film, instead going for a more subtle and almost TV like approach, until the closing stages of the film obviously.
Eddie Murphy stars in arguably his most iconic and recognised role as Foley, he's sharp-witted, funny, and he feels very much realistic, unlike many other fictional characters, he is surprised when all the events start unfolding, but still keeps true to finding justice.
The film plays with an upbeat and energetic soundtrack, perfectly capturing the glitz and glam of the story, and showcasing 1980s Los Angeles, while also playing out the iconic theme that is still remembered to this day.
The comedy is pure and side-splitting, whether Foley is impersonating the very uptight chief of the Beverly Hills Police, or if he is casually walking in to a swanky Beverly Hills apartment and starting an argument with the desk clerk, it all showcases an expertly written and well directed film that is still fun to watch decades later.
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TheWalrus2000Apr 20, 2013
Outstandingly written and extremely hilarious, Beverly Hills Cop is to this day one of the best comedies ever not to mention a hilarious performance by Eddie Murphy.
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BobbyPeruMar 19, 2013
Is this the man who wrecked the buffet at the Harrow club this morning? Is this the man who lured Taggart and Rosemont into a gross dereliction of duty at a strip-tease establishment? Rosewood, sir. This is not my locker. Still funny years later.
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