Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

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

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