Showtime

Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 18 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Chalk up another big-name star vehicle that fails to live up to a wealth of potential.
  2. 50
    Its breeziness keeps it from ever being completely bland or flat.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.
  7. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    50
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 50
    The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.
  10. 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."
User Score
3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. TDizzle
    Oct 20, 2006
    10
    this movie was hilarious, good stuff! Robert DeNiro's attitude is hilarious, and Eddie Murphy
  2. 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 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
    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 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 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. Full Review »