Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    Goofy and easygoing, Starsky & Hutch is not exactly politically correct, but you'd be hard pushed to find a single mean frame.
  2. 75
    Were detective Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and his partner, Ken Hutchinson (David Soul), hot for each other when they started working undercover in Bay City?... you can watch Starsky and Hutch on the big screen and see subtext stiffen into hard and hilarious evidence.
  3. 75
    A surprisingly funny movie, the best of the 1970s recycling jobs, with one laugh ("Are you OK, little pony?") almost as funny as the moment in "Dumb and Dumber" when the kid figured out his parakeet's head was Scotch-taped on.
  4. The new buddy comedy movie that assumes the names of the series' characters and features the same hot-to-trot, tomato-red and shocking-white 1974 Ford Gran Torino is more fun than a Heidi Fleiss open house.
  5. Funny throughout, but with a handful of really hilarious moments.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    There may be no crying need for this movie, but we could use the laughs.
  7. 75
    The key to the film's success is that it uses the burned out premise as the springboard for a comedy, not an action flick.
  8. 75
    A campy riot of retro cool, a warm and fuzzy ode to the '70s buddy cops.
  9. 75
    What this alteration says about societal trends of the past three decades is open to debate, but the change is a tiny hint that earnest fidelity to the source was not a top priority.
  10. 70
    A textbook example of how a remade '70s show can feel like an enjoyable lark rather than cultural recycling run amok.
  11. 70
    The movie's advertising tagline ("Starsky & Hutch — they're the Man") needs to be amended. The film belongs, completely and utterly, to Snoop Dogg.
  12. 70
    A perfect example of a really good not-great movie, the kind that would be classified as a guilty pleasure were it not executed with guilt-free honesty and good nature.
  13. 70
    Stiller and Wilson are still hilarious as the supercool detectives -- there hasn't been a comedy duo this good since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
  14. 67
    The highlight of this satirical remake of ABC's mid-Seventies buddy-cop anomaly is named, unsurprisingly, Will Ferrell.
  15. To turn fondly remembered TV trash into a movie that knows it's cruddy -- and that isn't, therefore, quite as cruddy as it might have been -- takes a perverse pinch of talent, if not style.
  16. 63
    This is a profoundly unambitious movie, a '70s cop show spoof that aims to provoke a few giggles, and that's about it.
  17. Its abundant laughs are heavily reliant on the chemistry of stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson - who show once again that they're as fine a comic team as Hollywood has ever produced.
  18. The second-best film parody (after The Brady Bunch Movie) of a '70s TV phenom that unaccountably looks better the further you get from it.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Stealing the movie, however, is rapper Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, the pimp/informant originally portrayed by Antonio Fargas on the TV show.
  20. 63
    Vince Vaughn is terrific as the baddie.
  21. There's a surprising sweetness in the bond between the two cops. The gay subtext of the partnership is used for humour but it's never sniggering or mean.
  22. Cruises along agreeably on the easy chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, who step in where Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul left off.
  23. 60
    S&H's chief pleasure is the spontaneous, sometimes quite touching rapport between the two stars.
  24. What's wrong with this picture? Nothing, as long as you don't expect more than a tossed-off goof.
  25. What modest pleasure the film affords is largely thanks to the charisma of its genial stars.
  26. Wilson's shtick actually works better with Stiller than it did with either of his former partners, Jackie Chan and Eddie Murphy.
  27. The title characters are wittily crafted by Messrs. Stiller and Wilson, and Snoop Dogg is a riot as Huggy Bear.
  28. Whether or not you think Starsky & Hutch is funny -- and I did, though intermittently and in spasms -- you have to admire it for being the first openly gay cop-buddy comedy from a big studio.
  29. 50
    Stiller's performance throws the whole enterprise out of whack -- he's a grotesque mass of tics, twitches and swaggering macho shoulder action.
  30. 50
    Even as a nostalgia ride, Starsky & Hutch poops out before it ever gets going.
  31. Starsky & Hutch is less homage to an old cop show than a tribute to the people who made the movie--a circle pat on the back. And no obvious joke goes untouched.
  32. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    There are no comic highs, as in a Mike Myers parody, but no action highs, either.
  33. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Starsky & Hutch has moments of hilarity a little greater than you might expect of a movie that is just out for a lazy good time.
  34. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Blessed with sporadic moments of cheeky fun, isn't painful but seldom advances beyond costumes and hairstyling in terms of creativity.
  35. Because no one involved with Starsky & Hutch actually seems to care about the movie, all Wilson can do is idle in neutral while Stiller frantically shifts gears, looking for an excuse to split.
  36. Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    There are no ideas, just repartee. Snoop Dogg, as a superfly snitch, and Vince Vaughn, as a drug lord, are wasted in obvious supporting roles. It's harmless fun--and too lazy to be more.
  37. Ends with a bunch of goofy outtakes--which are as dismal as the rest of the movie. How do you decide what to leave out when there's nothing worth keeping in?
  38. 30
    This depressingly uninspired action-comedy (based on the 1975–79 TV series) is Hollywood’s latest McMovie -- name-brand recognition as raison d’être or, if you will, creative bankruptcy on a very large scale.
  39. 25
    The scattershot nature of the script, which feels as if it had been made up on the spot, leaves the actors looking like they're enjoying some private joke not shared with the audience. Self-indulgent does not even begin to describe it.
  40. 10
    This tired old pile of garbage will hopefully be chased out of town soon.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42
  1. May 22, 2011
    A cult classic..Owen and Ben make a good team.I just wish they would make a sequel.Its funny from beginning to end and I've watched it several times now. Full Review »
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and even more style as Starsky and Hutch than the other movies they have been in together. Style, Humor, and Teamwork are the keys of this fancy 1970s-styled cop comedy. Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    A consistently funny film with its heart in the right place. Gently mocks the 1970's, also has a good turn by Snoop dog. Nice camero from David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. Full Review »