Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 18 out of 34
  1. 38
    No matter how much good will the actors generate, Showtime eventually folds under its own thinness.
  2. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    This one makes De Niro's recent film "15 Minutes" look like "Network." Even worse, aside from a few scenes with Shatner, it just isn't funny.
  4. 30
    Isn't particularly assaultive, but it can still make you feel that you never want to see another car chase, explosion or gunfight again.
  5. Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro have made any number of lame movies on their own, but there's a special wastefulness connected to their first co-starring vehicle, Showtime: It's lameness times two, and then some.
  6. 30
    De Niro and Murphy are visibly uncomfortable with each other. Their improvisation seems chaotic and mismanaged, and the movie follows in kind.
  7. Plays every convention twice, once as parody and once by the book, but the movie, trying to be two things at once, fails at both.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A shrill, strained and shallow riff on a tired idea.
  9. 25
    A criminal waste of talent.
  10. Muddled screenwriting and uninspired directing.
  11. A disgrace to the talents of Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy, but it's not enough just to say that. It's also a disgrace to the talents of Rene Russo and whoever drove the coffee truck to the set every day.
  12. It is, from beginning to end, a paint-by-numbers movie. There's a mildly entertaining climax, but most of Showtime is a layering of tired pop-culture tropes by actors who are not especially interested in what they're doing.
  13. De Niro seems to be reacting to nothing so much as the lame movie he's stuck in.
  14. The collective charisma of Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, and Rene Russo is the only reason to slap down eight bucks for this limp action/comedy, but then, it's difficult not to want to avert your eyes out of embarrassment for the trio.
  15. 20
    Add Showtime to the pile of Hollywood dreck that represents nothing more than the art of the deal.
  16. There's so little urgency to the plot that one eventually feels not even the actors and filmmakers believe for a second in what's going on.
  17. 10
    Should come with a disclaimer.
  18. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Mar 22, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    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 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. Full Review »