Righteous Kill Reviews

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Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
September 12, 2008
A weak script from Russell Gewirtz and an all-too-predictable ending prevents Righteous Kill from ever being that picture-perfect dream match-up you would hope for and expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 11, 2008
Everybody involved has earned a more righteous, movie and righteous director, than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
October 14, 2012
A murky, muddled, miserable mess, Righteous Kill spends 101 minutes failing to achieve what Heat managed in just six.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2008
There's nothing righteous to be found here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 11, 2008
Compared to 88 Minutes, Pacino's previous collaboration with director Jon Avnet, it's a work of art, but the movie is so dreadfully by-the-numbers and predictable that comparing it to a TV cop show would be an insult to TV cop shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
So somebody finally got De Niro and Pacino to co-star in a movie together and this is the best they could come up with?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2008
Leaden with cliches, obvious red herrings and logic-abandoning choices by the lead characters, the Russell Gewirtz script is the proverbial pig in De Niro-Pacino lipstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
The worst about Righteous Kill is that there's probably a perfectly acceptable procedural thriller somewhere in the mountain of cliches and stupidity that riddle the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
September 11, 2008
'Righteous Kill' is a tired pastiche of genre clichés and ideas borrowed from other D-grade thrillers, a story without style, energy or any discernible respect for narrative logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 12, 2008
Why take on new characters when instead, they can play cops? How cutting edge. With a plastic butter knife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2008
Righteous Kill isn't so much bad as it is played out. No wonder the film's faded stars seem to fit right in.
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Imagine this conversation: A phone call between actor Bob De Niro and director Marty Scorsese. Bobby: Hello, Marty. I've been calling and texting, but you never answer. (Silence) Bobby: I'm talking to you. Are you talkin' to me? Are you talkin' to me?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
Nearly everything about this film is a cliché.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christian Toto
Washington Times
September 12, 2008
De Niro. Pacino. There's little other reason to watch Righteous Kill other than to see a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 12, 2008
Here's what I took away from Righteous Kill, the grade Z cop thriller...: If you can come up with the scratch, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino will do anything: kid's parties, bar mitzvahs, retirement luncheons, you name it.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2008
At this saggy point in their illustrious careers, De Niro and Pacino seem less like Beatles and more like Monkeys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 15, 2008
If it weren't for the presence of De Niro and Pacino, this would be just another generic straight-to-DVD police drama. It would probably star Tim Daly and Stephen Baldwin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 12, 2008
There's a spark here, and a flicker there, but mostly Righteous Kill is all fizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
September 19, 2008
Even if it were pretty good - which it's not - Righteous Kill would fall a distant third in the rankings of films in which Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009

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July 14, 2011
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