Ruthless People Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
An undemanding but well-executed entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2013
It's a rare kind of craftsmanship, and it produces a rare kind of pleasure.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Thomas O'Connor
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Though ''Ruthless People'' has few moments to equal the inspired lunacies of ''Airplane!'' it's a true farce -- uniformly, cheerily nasty...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
DeVito is the mainspring of "Ruthless People," the engine of murderous intensity right at the center. His passion is so palpable that it adds weight to all the other performances in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4