Detectives out on DVD: finally, some reviews
14 August 2008 at 12:36 PM | by Melty_Girl and Quetzaltlaloc
This week saw a long-awaited Cillian flick released: Watching the Detectives, which went straight to DVD, finally came out in North America. Though most newspapers simply ran plot synopses in their "New to DVD" columns, at last there are a few reviews of Detectives from mainstream publications.
The Star-Ledger deemed the film an "[o]verlooked but entertaining indie." The Globe and Mail praised the leads' chemistry: "Murphy and [Lucy] Liu work well together, which is just as well in a film built largely on banter and quirkiness."
"Likeable though Watching the Detectives initially and semi-consistently is, it lacks a cuteness filter. One weird thing begets another, and once the zaniness starts to pile up, it becomes a bit much to bear. Considering all this weirdness is the movie's main point of distinction, as well as a device to take the story down a rather predictable romantic comedy road, that's no small problem to have. Though never wholly grating nor so weird that it cannot be understood, Detectives still feels like a lot of excessive wackiness just for the sake of it. By the end, exhaustion—and very possibly irritation depending on your threshold for cute overload—has settled in where gratification should be."
The Boston Herald gave Detectives a C- rating, as "Liu's performance is out of her comfort zone and unbelievably grating," but still praised Cillian: "Murphy fits comfortably into his role as a bemused, confused suitor wasting his time away discussing B-movie plots with his cronies." And The Columbus Dispatch's review, titled "Kooky romance hurt by odd plot," at least complimented Cillian and Lucy Liu for their "appeal."