Hell Ride Reviews

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 8, 2008
Where the biker films of the late '60s and early '70s offered edgy, amusingly cheesy thrills, this sputtering effort is as rusty as an unrestored Triumph Bonneville.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2008
As the film's triple-threat writer/director/star, Bishop isn't noticeably talented.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2008
The film gets the scummy patina right, all phony-Leone dusty trails, but while everybody on screen looks to be enjoying themselves, it is no fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 8, 2008
It's a biker film, a spaghetti Western, a soft-core porno, a slice of macho poetry. It's also not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 8, 2008
The result is, predictably and enjoyably, old-fashioned macho mayhem with a post-modern twist. This movie knows it's ridiculous. Heck, it's proud to be ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 8, 2008
The whole thing feels like the sort of picture Tarantino would make if he weren't such an ingenious B-movie artist: a genre exercise that's more studious than entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
August 8, 2008
What's the point of paying a semi-burlesque tribute to genres whose lowdown charm rests on their unselfconscious energy and feckless disregard for convention and propriety?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2008
It's a fiasco, really, but who knows -- it might be a blast on mushrooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 8, 2008
As cheesy as the American-International biker flicks of the 60s were, they had a raw vitality missing from this self-conscious tribute.
Meg Jones
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 8, 2008
Leaves little time for plot but plenty of scenes of biker gangs tooling down desert roads, with close-ups of exhaust pipes, handlebars and black leather jackets.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
August 8, 2008
Hell Ride comes off as a Devil's Rejects reject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 8, 2008
The sad fact is, Madsen riding a chopper is cooler than the sight of Hopper in a suede fringed jacket, proof that you can't go home again.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2008
The movie was executive produced by Quentin Tarantino. Shame on him. He intends it no doubt as another homage to grindhouse pictures, but I've seen a lot of them, and they were nowhere near this bad. Hell's Angels on Wheels, for example: pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
August 8, 2008
Further proof that [Tarantino] may have a knack for turning trash into treasure as a director, but the films he champions are usually just trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 8, 2008
Bishop ... seems to have thrown his prolonged-adolescence wet dream up on the screen, and I don't mean that in an entirely negative way.
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
August 7, 2008
Larry Bishop seemed like he watched one too many Tarantino films and tried to rip off every cool shot and musical number he ever did, without adding in any of his own style.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
August 7, 2008
It has the look of an ambitious made-for-DVD production inexplicably given a theatrical release.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 7, 2008
I've never seen a film directed by a penis before. We came close with 1984's Hardbodies, but Hell Ride appears to have been fully helmed by Larry Bishop's male appendage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake French
Filmcritic.com
August 7, 2008
A self-adoring, offensively boring homage to biker movies of the '60s
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
August 7, 2008
Very little makes sense in Hell Ride.
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