Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic 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. It's getting hard not to think of De Niro as anything but a dead-pan comedian.
  3. 70
    It's hard not to warm to a film that features William Shatner (playing himself) looking at De Niro's character and complaining about what a lousy actor he is.
  4. What the movie lacks in coherence it makes up for in zest, well-founded self-delight and a sharpshooter's eye for the absurdities of reality TV.
  5. Humorous but much too predictable send-up of reality TV and the sheer banality of it all.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Would seem to be surefire casting. The catch is that they're stuck with a script that prevents them from firing on all cylinders.
  7. 60
    Chalk up another big-name star vehicle that fails to live up to a wealth of potential.
  8. 50
    Its breeziness keeps it from ever being completely bland or flat.
  9. It's a wretchedly dumb, lazy and incoherent movie that's magically rendered watchable by Eddie Murphy's charm and Robert De Niro's presence.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    De Niro's scowl and Murphy's sass are inherently funny, though in this case both actors are forced to call in moviegoers' long-established goodwill.
  11. 50
    The moment Showtime begins to take itself even remotely seriously, it loses whatever edge it might have had -- and that occurs less than 15 minutes into the proceedings. The best time for Showtime is no time.
  12. So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.
  13. 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.
  14. By refusing to take anything seriously (including himself), Shatner lifts the movie to a truly funny level of absurdity. Soon, though, it goes back to being the type of buddy picture Hollywood stamps out like stale cookies.
  15. 50
    The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.
  16. 40
    Showtime is better than the fourth "Lethal Weapon," which was pretty bad, but not as good as the original "Lethal Weapon" or the superior "48HRS."
  17. 38
    No matter how much good will the actors generate, Showtime eventually folds under its own thinness.
  18. A flat-out cynical attempt to launch a new Lethal Weapon-like franchise.
  19. 30
    De Niro and Murphy are visibly uncomfortable with each other. Their improvisation seems chaotic and mismanaged, and the movie follows in kind.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A shrill, strained and shallow riff on a tired idea.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. De Niro seems to be reacting to nothing so much as the lame movie he's stuck in.
  27. 25
    A criminal waste of talent.
  28. Muddled screenwriting and uninspired directing.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 20
    Add Showtime to the pile of Hollywood dreck that represents nothing more than the art of the deal.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 10
    Should come with a disclaimer.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. TDizzle
    Oct 20, 2006
    this movie was hilarious, good stuff! Robert DeNiro's attitude is hilarious, and Eddie Murphy
  2. 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 makingShowtime 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 »
  3. 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 DeShowtime 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 »