Metascore
26

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28
  1. 33
    A movie built on one joke -- an old one -- and an incoherent, even idiotic plot.
  2. 30
    Director Alan Rudolph kills this promising film off with a combination of bad writing and wrong-headed direction.
  3. The acting is solid and the heroine's quirky dialogue is amusing for a while. But repetitious writing and a weakly constructed story turn the promising premise into a disappointing mishmash of crime, politics, and show business.
  4. 25
    Every character is quirky, and each has a schtick.
  5. Wastes an A-list cast in a sorry send-up of B-movie private-eye cliches.
  6. Torturously whimsical gumshoe caper.
  7. Happily stuck between a rock and the deep blue sea.
  8. Despite its occasional flashes of brilliance (every Rudolph film has them), this unsavory stew never comes to a boil.
  9. Although the hallmarks of Rudolph movies can be found everywhere -- they don't add up to the usual magic this time.
  10. It's so painful to sit through you eventually stop feeling sorry for the floundering cast.
  11. Highfalutin swill determined to pass itself off as a jazzy caper.
  12. 10
    Classic Rudolph: a tone of sweet-edged, slightly kooky melancholy, a terrific cast mostly left to its own devices and a few intriguing moments. Not, I'm sorry to say, a movie.
  13. 10
    As overlong and undermotivated as it is absentmindedly incoherent.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    10
    If this retro crime comedy had been a Broadway play, it would have closed out of town.
  15. The whole movie is like that: cute, dead and endless.

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