Starsky & Hutch

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Funny throughout, but with a handful of really hilarious moments.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Stealing the movie, however, is rapper Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear, the pimp/informant originally portrayed by Antonio Fargas on the TV show.
  7. 67
    The highlight of this satirical remake of ABC's mid-Seventies buddy-cop anomaly is named, unsurprisingly, Will Ferrell.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 70
    A textbook example of how a remade '70s show can feel like an enjoyable lark rather than cultural recycling run amok.
  15. 75
    A campy riot of retro cool, a warm and fuzzy ode to the '70s buddy cops.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    There may be no crying need for this movie, but we could use the laughs.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 63
    This is a profoundly unambitious movie, a '70s cop show spoof that aims to provoke a few giggles, and that's about it.
  20. 63
    Vince Vaughn is terrific as the baddie.
  21. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    80
    Goofy and easygoing, Starsky & Hutch is not exactly politically correct, but you'd be hard pushed to find a single mean frame.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. May 22, 2011
    10
    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 severalA 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
    8
    Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and even more style as Starsky and Hutch than the other movies they have been in together. Style, Humor, andBen 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. Aug 13, 2015
    8
    Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller have a real and good chemistry and we can feel it.The movie is funny,action packed and really well made.Even VinceOwen Wilson and Ben Stiller have a real and good chemistry and we can feel it.The movie is funny,action packed and really well made.Even Vince Vaughn was actually pretty good and we can't forget Snoop Dog and Jason Bateman.They were really good in their supporting role. Full Review »