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Hollywood Homicide

In writer-director Ron Shelton's action-comedy, two cops with ambitions beyond police work get sucked into the case of a lifetime. Det. Joe Gavilian (Harrison Ford) makes extra money in real estate, and his partner, K.C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), teaches yoga and dreams of acting. But when a rap group is killed onstage, the two must focus on solving the crime. The lead suspect is a controversial boss of a rap label whose head of security is also a cop.
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Netflix Rating: 3.1
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 30%
Critics' score: 30   Audience score: 31   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

There's little action in this snail-paced bore, you'll need a high-powered magnifying glass to spot the comedy and the 'buddies' have about as much chemistry as a pair of wet socks.

Megan Lehmann, New York Post

One of the pleasures of Hollywood Homicide is that it's more interested in its two goofy cops than in the murder plot; their dialogue redeems otherwise standard scenes. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The trouble is that Mr. Shelton and Mr. Souza don't do enough with the material to make it dramatically compelling. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

The surplus of character humor seems all the more desperate in view of the essentially humorless stars. full review

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

It's a great piece of mindful escapism. full review

A reasonably entertaining picture that nevertheless leaves you wondering -- what, exactly, did I just see? full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

A buddy film starring two people who, even as the closing credits roll, appear to have just met. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Hollywood Homicide is about murder, all right: the wholesale slaughter of anything funny, original or even vaguely logical.

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Both leads in Hollywood Homicide work multiple jobs, and wear themselves out in the process. So does a movie with such a generic title that it's a marvel no one has used it before. full review

Mike Clark, USA Today

Hollywood Homicide should have been a much stronger and funnier movie. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Hollywood Homicide is one of the most lazily scripted, poorly structured, smugly stereotyped star vehicles in recent memory. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Hollywood Homicide is one of those smooth formula jobs that always seems to attract the services of an actor of a certain age looking to extend his box-office power, and a fresh-faced newcomer who's all too willing to play protege to the vet. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

Action movies that show a real interest in characters and their quirks are so rare that you might be ready to forgive this one its sins of cliche and poky pacing.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Shelton is too smart an observer to totally miss the mark. But after a career of cooking up yummy, tart dessert delights, he has wheeled himself down the junk-food aisle. Let's hope he's doing it just this once.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Sometimes the laugh is there, sometimes it's a coin-flip, and sometimes it all feels like so much made-up filler. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Glutted with car chases, hot tubs, yoga lessons, psychics, rap murders, glitzy locales and smirks, smirks, smirks, Hollywood Homicide is obviously supposed to be a rollicking good time. Instead it's sporadicly, mildly amusing formulaic mush.

Tom Long, Detroit News

It's Get Shorty, but not as agile. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

It's a movie an audience can settle comfortably into, and it pays off as it goes along. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
full review by Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
full review by David Ansen, Newsweek
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