Ride Along Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2014
Nothing in the movie makes sense, but I prefer to think that "Ride Along" is just a badly told joke, rather than an insult to its audience.
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Ashley Clark
Time Out
February 25, 2014
Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2014
The most truthful answer is friendly but unexciting: They're OK. They're pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
February 3, 2014
As a comedian [Hart] has been begging for Hollywood's attention for five years. He has it now, but you've got to believe he can do better than this.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 23, 2014
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.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 21, 2014
This is a live-action cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2014
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.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
January 20, 2014
Ride Along has the dubious distinction of being simultaneously shoddy and straining, lazy and desperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 20, 2014
Kevin Hart's mouth is the sole reason for the existence of the by-the-numbers buddy comedy Ride Along, which rises and falls on the strength of his chattery comic delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 17, 2014
Hart's springy energy and Ice Cube's deadpan snarl can be amusing, but they can't compensate for weak material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 17, 2014
An Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy that will probably be in a Rite-Aid discount bin in about six months.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 17, 2014
At its best, Ride Along is tolerable. At its worst, it borders on insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 17, 2014
[Most] of the movie is a wash of buddy cop clichés and double crosses that aren't worth the cocktail napkin they were jotted on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 17, 2014
Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2014
Cube is solid as the impenetrable brick wall that Hart's comic barrage bounces off. Their odd-couple shtick delivers laughs. But more often than not "Ride Along" chokes on its own fumes.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 16, 2014
It's a noisy ride to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 16, 2014
The plot twists are easily guessed, and the film goes on for one predicament too long, but there are some good laughs.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 16, 2014
[Hart] gives Ride just enough buoyancy to keep it afloat, despite a story that would sink most performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 16, 2014
A forum for Kevin Hart to be the best stand-up comedian he can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 16, 2014
Gives shoddiness a bad name.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 16, 2014
[Hart] at least ... gives a boost to the familiar buddy-cops formula of "Ride Along."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 16, 2014
You might think of the movie as a long car trip you've taken many times before. The same old roadside attractions may not be exciting, but when you've got great company, who cares?
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 16, 2014
Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 16, 2014
Ride Along [is] a collection of moldy gags that director Tim Story tries to polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
January 16, 2014
It's a particularly heartless, mindless and soulless example of the buddy movie -- really more just a frenemy burlesque of a buddy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 16, 2014
This is a movie you keep watching only from lethargy.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2014
It'll probably be a hit: Audiences are getting precisely what they're promised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 16, 2014
If you're looking for brainless action, hop in. But if you're aiming any higher, you'll probably want to find another ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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January 16, 2014
Is any of it funny? Hart and Cube's deliveries certainly are, but skilled comedians can make people laugh without being all that funny, especially if there's a large audience involved.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 16, 2014
History is lousy with mismatched-partner cop movies, and Tim Story's film is just another in that long line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 16, 2014
I'd have given all my popcorn for something unexpected, like a song-and-dance number, but "Ride Along" just plods along, not terrible but never particularly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
January 15, 2014
The rapper and activist who recorded a furious album about the Rodney King attack is now embracing exactly the kind of violent, entitled, civil rights-crushing cop he once demonized
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jessica Herndon
Associated Press
January 15, 2014
Joining the ranks of odd-couple police comedies, ''Ride Along'' delivers laughs over action, with loudmouthed funnyman Kevin Hart driving the hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 15, 2014
Scene after scene of a sputtering Hart and a glowering Ice Cube, despite the fact that they were brilliantly funny in, respectively, Think Like a Man and Barbershop, their previous collaborations with director Tim Story.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
January 15, 2014
Will it be enough to make Hart a household name? Maybe. But both he and his fans deserve better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 15, 2014
There's nothing much funny in it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
January 15, 2014
A lazy and listless buddy-cop action-comedy that fades from memory as quickly as its generic title.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 14, 2014
For 100 minutes, I didn't think about anything else at all. And sometimes that small relief is the best thing a movie can give.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4