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  • Summary: In this spoof of cop buddy movies, a no-nonsense LAPD detective (De Niro) is forced to star on a reality-based TV show with a frustrated actor-turned-LAPD patrolman (Murphy).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 18 out of 34
  1. From frame one Showtime displays an ingenuity, cleverness and briskness that never flags.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    63
    Would seem to be surefire casting. The catch is that they're stuck with a script that prevents them from firing on all cylinders.
  3. A lame buddy-cop movie that squanders stars De Niro and Eddie Murphy as it races from one cliche to the next, blithely unconcerned with whether anything parses.
  4. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  5. 30
    De Niro and Murphy are visibly uncomfortable with each other. Their improvisation seems chaotic and mismanaged, and the movie follows in kind.
  6. Muddled screenwriting and uninspired directing.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    10
    A buddy cop movie that pretends to spoof buddy cop movies along with reality TV shows, Showtime is so lazy and artless that … that … it saps my will to come up with a good quip: Witless in itself, it is the source of witlessness in others.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Mar 22, 2014
    5
    Showtime is living proof that Eddie Murphy's career has just gone downhill. From Harlem Nights to A Thousand Words, he needs to stop making movies. Thank god that veteran actor DeNiro wasn't phased by this movie. Overall, the film was a tedious, mediocre, and uninspiring satire. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    4
    Showtime has a few moments that make you chuckle but the whole story seems discombobulated. You would think that a comedy with Murphy and De Niro would work....it should have but the storyline was just one that didn't allow the actors to really flourish in a buddy cop type movie. Drop the whole reality show premises and you might have had a decent flick but with it Showtime is just to unbelievable. Expand

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