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  • Summary: Axel Foley, a freewheeling Detroit cop investigating the murder of his friend, finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    Mar 19, 2013
    83
    Beverly Hills Cop is an action movie and an Eddie Murphy vehicle first, but Brest's dramatic intelligence surfaces often enough to make a welcome difference in what could have been an ordinary crowd-pleaser. [13 Dec. 1984, p.35]
  2. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Beverly Hills Cop finds Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: playing the shrewdest, hippest, fastest-talking underdog in a rich man's world.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Mar 27, 2013
    80
    Murphy exudes the kind of cheeky, cocky charm that has been missing from the screen since Cagney was a pup, snarling his way out of the ghetto. But as befits a manchild of the soft-spoken '80s, there is an insinuating sweetness about the heart that is always visible on the sleeve of Murphy's habitual sweatshirt.
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Attanasio
    Mar 19, 2013
    70
    The result is a movie that can be wonderfully languid and wonderfully breakneck as well, a formula movie so gleefully bedizened with quirks that it always seems better than it is. [5 Dec. 1984, p.C1]
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Mar 19, 2013
    70
    Beverly Hills Cop is no masterpiece, but it uses Murphy to maximum effect. At its best, the movie is exactly as brazen, charming and mercurial as Murphy himself, which is to say it is unimaginable without him. [3 Dec. 1984, p.81]
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 19, 2013
    63
    Eddie Murphy looks like the latest victim of the Star Magic Syndrome, in which it is assumed that a movie will be a hit simply because it stars an enormously talented person. Thus it is not necessary to give much thought to what he does or says, or to the story he finds himself occupying.
  7. Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    The whole picture is edited and scored as if it were a lollapalooza of laughs. And, with Murphy busting his sides guffawing in self-congratulation, and the camera jammed into his tonsils, damned if the audience doesn't whoop and carry on as if yes, this is a wow of a comedy. [24 Dec. 1984, p.78]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    Outstandingly written and extremely hilarious, Beverly Hills Cop is to this day one of the best comedies ever not to mention a hilariousOutstandingly 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
  2. Sep 24, 2013
    9
    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 heBeverly 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. Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2013
    8
    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 grossIs 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. Expand
  4. May 12, 2013
    8
    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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  5. May 27, 2013
    7
    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 hasClassic! 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 Collapse
  6. Aug 22, 2013
    7
    Definitely an entertaining movie that provides its fair share of laughs. Murphy is hilarious in his role and does really well acting-wise asDefinitely 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. Expand

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