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Ride Along (2014)

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18

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 96

Kevin Hart's livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn't enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 24

Kevin Hart's livewire presence gives Ride Along a shot of necessary energy, but it isn't enough to rescue this would-be comedy from the buddy-cop doldrums.

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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend's brother-a hot-tempered cop-to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer's latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show

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Action & Adventure, Comedy

Phil Hay

Apr 15, 2014

$134.1M

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All Critics (118) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (96) | DVD (1)

Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The most truthful answer is friendly but unexciting: They're OK. They're pretty good.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This routine buddy picture offers plenty of instant gratification (Cube and Hart are easygoing screen presences, and many of their one-liners are funny) but shows little concern for characterization, storytelling, or even comic pacing.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is a live-action cartoon.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Since the film's largely schematic subplot about Serbian gunrunners can't manage much in the way of originality, it's fortunate that Story knows his way around a comedy.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Ride Along has the dubious distinction of being simultaneously shoddy and straining, lazy and desperate.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
ChristyLemire.com
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How much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how much you enjoy Hart's manic energy and self-deprecating jokes.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

What's in the foreground is Kevin Hart's boyish desires and Ice Cube's gruff response. They're the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of bickering.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

There are a few laughs, but not enough.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

It's a typically absurd, exaggerated spiel but with a grim undertone that resonates later on, so that Ben's desperate efforts to make something of himself seem not entirely a laughing matter.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The paucity of buddy comedies within contemporary multiplexes makes Ride Along's massive failure especially disappointing...

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Hey, if you want to see Kevin Hart screeching like a mad-man and late-period Ice Cube gleefully giving shout-outs to his song titles through dialogue (as I often do), this is the place to get it.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

An undemanding fun ride, ideal accompaniment to popcorn

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ride Alone is ultimately one joke stretched out into feature length form, and though tedious at times, fortunately for Story, that one joke happens to be a funny one.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

The crime plot is lazily predictable, but the comedy is barely any better. Cube plays the straight man to Hart's manic motor mouth, but anyone who isn't already a fan will probably find his comic shtick more irritating than amusing.

March 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

An action-comedy short on both action and comedy, this turgid dirge recycles all the usual mismatched cop-couple cliches (from 48 Hours to Cop Out) with dreary results.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Ride Along's fascinating on one level because there's absolutely nothing original about it.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

As buddy movies go, this is strictly formulaic fare but it elicits a few laughs along the way thanks to the relentless goofing of Kevin Hart.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

... the gags and one-liners just aren't as funny as they need to be.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The inappropriately namedTim Story looks to have grabbed his script from the "plot" section of the service station while racing to a meeting for which he had not properly prepared.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

If you're in the mood for some undemanding action entertainment, this routine buddy cop caper offers some cheap laughs.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Ice Cube is a man with two expressions, while Hart has become a ubiquitous presence.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Romantic chemistry is rare in the movies, comic chemistry rarer still, and sadly there isn't much on offer in this action buddy comedy.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

There's a decent premise to this action-comedy, but the filmmakers can't be bothered to put in the effort to actually make it funny or exciting.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The impression is very much that director Tim Story has shaken down the genre for its most hackneyed ingredients and whisked them carelessly together.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's fast, loud and silly with some good set-pieces and comic situations.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for Ride Along

I swear all the funny scenes were in the trailer, it was funny in some scenes but Ice Cube is hit or miss in his methods to be funny or play straight. Kevin Hart was funny in a few scenes but unfortunately whatever energy and enthusiasm he had was not in anything else, probably due to the lack of chemistry between him and Cube and the director most certainly forgot to add any energy or fun to keep it entertaining
April 20, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

An average cop comedy, your taken on an amusing ride along nothing more nothing less.
February 14, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Propose to this cop's sister? Rookie mistake.

Good comedy! As expected, the film plays out like a typical buddy-cop comedy: a cop teams up with someone he doesn't like or agree with and the two have to attempt to get along. While this basic plot line has indeed been done to death, this film makes the fortunate decision to skip out on many movie clichés. The jokes are delivered on a regular basis and never stray too far into campy or mean-spirited territory. Unlike films like "Identity Thief" and "A Madea Christmas," the tone of the film never strays from a comedic romp and always keeps the laughs coming. "Ride Along," may not go down as a comedic legend, but in my eyes, it is certainly worth checking out at least as a rental. The flawed script can indeed be overlooked by the gleeful dialogue and Kevin Hart's enthusiasm. I'd say give it a shot, it wouldn't hurt to check it out.

Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister.
February 14, 2014
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Predictable in all the worst ways, "Ride Along" stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and their chemistry is all that really holds this film together. Kevin Hart is just an average guy trying to impress his girlfriend by becoming a cop, and his girlfriends brother is a cop who takes him on a ride along to earn his trust. Chaos obviously ensues, and even though the film is trying to be funny, it's just not. Referencing the fact that it is a movie, not once, but twice, kind of killed anything it had going for it too. The writing is bad, the editing is weird, and the pacing is pretty slow. Sure, I loved Kevin Hart, he's funny, but this movie does nothing for any of it's stars. "Ride Along" is a very messy comedy.
February 2, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. James: I'm gonna take you on a ride along.
    2. Ben: Oh hell no!
    – Submitted by Matt R (46 days ago)
    1. James: You're white! You're white! You don't fight!
    – Submitted by Sean R (52 days ago)
    1. Ben: My stomach's in my ass!
    – Submitted by Hunter H (7 months ago)
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