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Ruthless People Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile -- human slime. And the film makers chew them up (especially two nefarious bonbons played by Danny DeVito and Bette Midler) with the toothsome glee of jolly cannibals.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Occasionally crude and tasteless, Ruthless People is a comedy with a vitriolic twist. It`s a comedy about people who love to hate, with actors who make it worth seeing.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 31, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Much of the fun of this comedy is in watching what happens as virtually everyone in the movie tries to double-cross or otherwise take advantage of everyone else.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

July 31, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Call it rude, crude, and lewd, but you also have to call it very funny.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An undemanding but well-executed entertainment.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2013
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

The people who made Ruthless People probably expect us to laugh... at the pushy people who populate their story. And they're right: We will laugh -- not because we have lousy taste (and wicked thoughts) ourselves, but because their film is genuinely funny.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

July 31, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

At its considerable best, Ruthless People is a riotous anomaly: a very good farce about very bad taste.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

July 31, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It's a rare kind of craftsmanship, and it produces a rare kind of pleasure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 31, 2013
Variety Staff
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Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Cole Smithey

DeVito at his best.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2006

Time Out
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A pity that the directors prove less ruthless than their own creations, but there is more than enough here for people who enjoy murder attempts on cute pet poodles.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Clint Morris

One of the best comedy capers of the 80's

| Original Score: 3/5

March 11, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Funny and fearless

| Original Score: 5/5

September 9, 2004
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Funny, nasty 80s update of "The Ransom of Red Chief." The Ref found similar dark laughs a decade later.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2004
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A wonderful cynical comedy filled with mean-spirited, but humorous, zest. Loads of fun!

| Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2003
Thomas O'Connor
New York Times
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Though ''Ruthless People'' has few moments to equal the inspired lunacies of ''Airplane!'' it's a true farce -- uniformly, cheerily nasty...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 21, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a large number of Ruthless People's jokes work and work well.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

About half as funny as it thinks it is

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Grade-A black slapstick comedy. A truly hilarious film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

October 10, 2001
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