Hell Ride Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
October 18, 2008
The dialog is clever, nutty and syncopated, with a soundtrack -- of the "C.C. Rider" vein -- which ain't half-bad, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2008
It's a claustrophobic dud, full of ludicrously purple tough-guy dialogue and lip-smacking vamps in bikinis (how hot!), with so much monotonous hip violence there's scarcely room for anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2008
Maybe only once every six months am I in the mood for jokey sadism, but this struck me as the right picture for the right time.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
August 8, 2008
[Director Larry Bishop] burdens his film with clumsy art-house ambitions that clash with its embrace of bikes, beer and booty. If any of this sounds amusing, be warned: it's not.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2008
The script, written by Bishop, barely makes sense. It lacks anything resembling wit, unless you think it amusing that these aging cyclists brag about needing their three B's -- bikes, beer and booty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 8, 2008
Does it count against you when you actually set out to make an awful movie? It should.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 8, 2008
A witless reprise of '60s and '70s biker movies written, directed by, and starring Larry Bishop.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
August 8, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
For a grindhouse throwback that works, try Tarantino's Death Proof (the shorter version). That one delivered; Hell Ride gets a flat 10 minutes in and goes floop-floop-floop the rest of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 7, 2008
Nostalgia is a poor foundation for any movie, and the film's visceral pleasures are too limited to effectively compensate for the lack of credible characters or a coherent storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 6, 2008
Thesps (even toplining helmer, who's a strapping 60 years old) have nothing to work with, though one hopes they had fun riding about the desert.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 5, 2008
Street cred can't save this pic, not even with Dennis Hopper and David Carradine cameos, and QT himself exec-producing and initiating the project.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2008
Even on its own terms, Hell Ride lacks sufficient substance to be of more than quickly passing interest for all but the most devoted fans.