Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 36
  2. Negative: 9 out of 36
  1. 75
    It's the ideal capper for a cop comedy with a refreshingly wry, adult and humane attitude.
  2. Like all Shelton's movies, Hollywood Homicide rambles and shambles, and like most of them, it ultimately settles into its own appealing rhythm.
  3. 75
    One of the pleasures of Hollywood Homicide is that it's more interested in its two goofy cops than in the murder plot; their dialogue redeems otherwise standard scenes.
  4. At its best, "Hollywood" has the breezy irreverence and easy, sunny L.A. atmosphere of Shelton's 1992 "White Men Can't Jump," a buddy-buddy basketball-hustle movie.
  5. Combines silly stuff about life in Los Angeles with buoyant energy, a couple of chases worthy of the Keystone Kops and quick-witted actors playing droll characters with obvious affection.
  6. 70
    A definite improvement on the recent spate of dull action movies, if only because it has such a marked sense of humor about itself and the genre it belongs to. But somehow it never quite finds its center.
  7. He (Ford) slips into the role as if it were a pair of well-worn loafers, the left inherited from Peter Falk, the right from Clint Eastwood, and then proceeds, with wry nonchalance, to tap-dance, shuffle and pirouette through his loosest, wittiest performance in years.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    It's bursting with goofy banter, Hollywood in-jokes, sexy love scenes, and chases that go on much too long but have the kind of madcap self-indulgence that makes questions of logic or credibility seem dull-witted. It's a great piece of mindful escapism.
  9. Is it, you know, fun? At times. Yet there's a rote quality to the way this half-dumb, half-sly movie resolves itself into an intentional debauch, a pileup of villainy and heavy metal. The only California dream it leaves you with is one of wretched excess.
  10. Ten minutes in, and the verdict is already clear: This is a flick that goes both ways. It's funny, then it's not; it's cooking, then it isn't; it's different, then it ain't.
  11. When the movie works, it gleefully skewers the clichés of the buddy cop genre... When it doesn't work, it's exactly what it purports to be lampooning--a lame, boring cop buddy movie.
  12. Though its ending feels protracted--especially the climactic chase--it kept me reasonably distracted.
  13. 58
    A film of curiosities and asides, it deliberately eschews plot in favor of character quirk, which is fine in theory and even commendable. But the quirks are lame, the ultimate conflation of story lines is clumsy.
  14. Ford tries very hard to be eccentrically funny -- to the point of forced, slapsticky mugging -- but he looks terrible, his timing is way off and his character is so uptight, abrasive and unappealing that he makes miserable company.
  15. A frustrating blend of the sharply funny and the ploddingly generic. Although he does them well enough, we don’t really need Ron Shelton to give us the same old skidding-U-turn cop-thriller theatrics. He’s a much more distinctive talent than this crass spree allows for.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    Inside this numbingly formulaic action comedy there's a small, quirky movie not screaming hard enough to get out--the kind of movie that director and co-writer Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup”) could have had some real fun with.
  17. 50
    The movie is a mess, but Harnett and Ford are likable enough to make Hollywood Homicide a unique addition to the cookie-cutter spectacles that usually grace theaters during the summer months.
  18. 50
    Although Ford does not exactly mail in his performance, this is a lazy job, and far from his best work. On top of that, he has no chemistry with co-star (and heartthrob of the moment) Josh Hartnett.
  19. 50
    Escapism with a human touch -- it feels lived-in.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Somewhere within all of this there really is a homicide -- a hip-hop industry rub-out that may someday make this movie half of a passable DVD double feature with Nick Broomfield's documentary Biggie and Tupac.
  21. Ultimately, this movie cowritten by Shelton and former L.A. police detective Robert Souza has more laughs than suspense, but not enough of either.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    An attempt to merge a semi-jokey buddy movie with a more realistic account of cops' messy private lives, Hollywood Homicide falls short on both counts.
  23. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    One of the most lazily scripted, poorly structured, smugly stereotyped star vehicles in recent memory. Bizarrely, this seems to be the point.
  24. Fact is, good looks will go a long way in masking mediocrity, and Hollywood Homicide capitalizes on that fact doubly so: Co-writer/director Ron Shelton’s latest boasts two pretty faces, and all across the country, mothers and daughters sigh alike.
  25. 50
    It's periodically enlivened by unlikely cameos, including Lou Diamond Phillips as an undercover cop posing as a transvestite hooker and Gladys Knight as a forgotten Motown singer.
  26. Nothing, in fact, really fits together, most notably the partnership of Ford and Hartnett: Looking weathered yet professional, Ford carries what he can, but pretty and sullen Hartnett barely comes to life, leaving his partner stranded, and straining.
  27. No one comes out of Hollywood Homicide looking good, but the film fades fast.
  28. Souza and Shelton throw in all kinds of ridiculous devices they learned in second-year screenwriting class.
  29. Hollywood Homicide is about murder, all right: the wholesale slaughter of anything funny, original or even vaguely logical.
  30. 30
    Hollywood Homicide knows it's a dog, and it ain't too proud to beg.
  31. The film doesn't even cut it as cheap escapism.
  32. By the time it ended, I'd stopped caring. I suspect most moviegoers will do the same. Here's hoping Shelton scurries back to the athletic world in a hurry.
  33. 25
    There's little action in this snail-paced bore, you'll need a high-powered magnifying glass to spot the comedy and the "buddies" have about as much chemistry as a pair of wet socks.
  34. 25
    Lands with a thud right from its painfully unfunny prologue and maintains its plodding, exasperating course straight through to its car-chase-and-shootout finale.
  35. It's a humiliating comedown for Ford, and he looks creaky and grumpy, obviously aware that he is miscast and dreading every scene.
  36. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    10
    Yup, Hollywood Homicide”rips off practically every cop movie out there. My god in heaven, did anyone making this film have an original thought in their lives?
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. Jan 13, 2014
    10
    Hollywood Homicide is easily one of my all time favorite movies, my wife and I watch it regularly, and it is a great showcase of HarrisonHollywood Homicide is easily one of my all time favorite movies, my wife and I watch it regularly, and it is a great showcase of Harrison Ford's talents (Josh Heartnett is good too, naturally). It starts out very slowly, but ends up being gut-bustingly funny. Now, of course, I laugh my keister off the whole way through as the nuances of the movie and acting have been inscribed in my funny bone. Very classy storytelling. Full Review »
  2. GarethM.
    Apr 24, 2006
    9
    It you look under the hood this is a clever, tripped out motor that is almost a spoof of the buddy buddy movie. Ford's most enjoybale It you look under the hood this is a clever, tripped out motor that is almost a spoof of the buddy buddy movie. Ford's most enjoybale film since Clear and Present Danger. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2011
    3
    Hollywood Homicide isn't so much an awful comedy as it as an astonishingly dull buddy cop flick. Nothing feels natural, from the "quirky" jobsHollywood Homicide isn't so much an awful comedy as it as an astonishingly dull buddy cop flick. Nothing feels natural, from the "quirky" jobs that the cops have on the side, to the "goofy" dialogue they have, to the "far-fetched" murder mystery. It's an incredibly forced farce. Full Review »