R.I.P.D. Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
August 1, 2013
I watched this movie with three chatty strangers on [a] Thursday night in an otherwise empty theater. Universal couldn't say "no." Looks like that's our job now.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2013
This spends little time on exposition and doesn't go in for any false pathos; compared with most recent comic-book movies, this is lean, unpretentious filmmaking--and to my taste, a lot more fun for it.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 21, 2013
Too bad director Robert Schwentke ("RED") and the writing team handling the 3-D screen adaptation don't hold up their end, failing to do much with a premise that felt like it could rate with, say, "Men in Black."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 21, 2013
Mr. Bridges is almost always fun to watch, but even his squinting and Slim Pickens-style whooping can't make the time pass faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 19, 2013
A half-hour into the film, and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 19, 2013
With its low-stakes chase scenes, obvious-from-the-get-go villains and nonsensical plotting, this feels more like a 96-minute-long episode of Scooby-Doo that's been laboriously translated into another language and then back into English.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2013
It's an unpleasant way to pass a couple summer hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 19, 2013
R.I.P.D. is a dud that squanders a decent cast and succeeds neither as the comedy nor the action film it purports to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 19, 2013
Even though the once-and-forever Dude abides by the rules of the game, he can't raise the pulse on this bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 19, 2013
Despite its flaws, "R.I.P.D." is a fairly entertaining and frequently funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 19, 2013
One can't help but wonder what the heck Jeff Bridges is doing there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2013
The film is a visual mess, with cheap-looking effects hampered even further by crummy and unconvincing 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
July 19, 2013
Benefits from a hilariously free-associative performance by Jeff Bridges.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
July 19, 2013
R.I.P.D. does offer a pretty good idea of what the afterlife might look like to someone suffering macular degeneration.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 19, 2013
The results feel rote and trite, like a mid-1980s NBC pilot designed to take the 9:00 hour between Misfits of Science and Manimal.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 19, 2013
Nothing short of wiping their memories with a real-life neuralizer is going to convince moviegoers that the supernatural buddy-cop comedy R.I.P.D. is anything more than a thinly disguised Men In Black ripoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 19, 2013
God, where do I start?
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 19, 2013
... the execution is pretty lively, irreverent, visually engaging, and every now and then almost actually witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 19, 2013
It's not funny. It's not exciting. It's not engaging. It's a waste of time and money. Having seen it, I can understand why it was hidden from critics. The disappointment is that it wasn't hidden from everyone else as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 19, 2013
Not so much of a movie as it is a movie-like substance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.6/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 19, 2013
Perhaps there was a clever germ of an idea here, but the five credited writers didn't develop characters, scenarios or rules in this sci-fi world well enough to engage the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2013
As a major undertaking with clear sequel ambitions, there's just not enough new and exciting here to cut it; when the brief 96-minute running time is one of its two or three only virtues, you know you're in trouble.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 18, 2013
Every movie coming out this year but "R.I.P.D." should pause for a big sigh of relief: The possibility of any of them being called the worst cinematic effort of 2013 has, as of today, just about disappeared.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4