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Righteous Kill Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B-

February 18, 2012
Stina Chyn
Film Threat

Seeing Robert De Niro and Al Pacino circling the thin line between cop and criminal paints a giant grin on the face.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

It's good to see the two great actors of their generation back together in Righteous Kill. Frankly, though, although a few sparks of fire at times, the heat has subsided significantly.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 29, 2008

Sun Online

Despite those major reservations, watching De Niro and Pacino is still an event.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2008
Dennis Brabham
Total Film

A spotty cop procedural that serves its purpose performance-wise; De Niro and Pacino have been better, but they've also been far, far worse. Shoring up a convoluted script and journeyman direction, their double-act is muscular enough to please the crowds.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's an effective whodunnit but - more importantly - it poses refined, complex questions about how the law operates in a so-called civilised society.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2008
Victor Olliver

This reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Grandpa Abe rides a bike with no hands proclaiming, "Look at me, I'm acting young!" Then he flies into a grave dig.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 6/10

September 25, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...if the movie starred Al Schwartz and Robert Greenblatt, it would hardly be worth watching.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2008
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

Ultimately, almost everything in the film has been done better before. But it still hits enough of the right notes, and even when they're phoning things in, De Niro and Pacino are still better than most other actors.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 54/100

September 16, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

With the focus on odd and again, obvious twists and turns there wasn't enough time to sit back and watch two of the greatest actors of our time.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 6/10

September 15, 2008
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Tough gravelly voiced Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, playing NYPD detectives, are the selling point for 'Righteous Kill.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 13, 2008
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

If the movie isn't anything to write home about, Pacino and DeNiro are.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2008
Mary Elizabeth Williams
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Director Jon Avnet generously puts the actors together as often as possible, and the sheer satisfaction of watching Michael Corleone and Travis Bickle spark off each other almost mitigates the utter hokum that permeates every other element of the film.

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September 12, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film is well-paced and features subtle performances from De Niro and Pacino.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2008

Smothering close-ups, slam-bang montages and sudden, bloody assaults, all sleekly effective.

Full Review Source: MTV

September 12, 2008
Neely Tucker
Washington Post
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It's astonishing how much intensity and focus these two have lost, but the picture itself is not all that bad -- if you can get the collapsing-career thing out of your head.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 12, 2008
Chris Farnsworth
E! Online

De Niro and Pacino hit every step so perfectly, they make even the standard cop-movie moments shine.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

September 12, 2008
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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Taken purely on its merits as a psychological thriller, Righteous Kill is probably a two-star film. The third star is there strictly for De Niro and Pacino. Playing off each other, they stir up the ghosts of past greatness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2008
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

...a great actor's showcase in spite of being only an okay movie.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
November 4, 2008

Irish Times

October 18, 2008
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