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Righteous Kill Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
October 18, 2008
Seeing Robert De Niro and Al Pacino circling the thin line between cop and criminal paints a giant grin on the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
September 29, 2008
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
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

The Sun (UK)
September 26, 2008
Despite those major reservations, watching De Niro and Pacino is still an event.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Brabham
Total Film
September 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 26, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
September 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 19, 2008
...if the movie starred Al Schwartz and Robert Greenblatt, it would hardly be worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
September 16, 2008
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 | Original Score: 54/100
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 13, 2008
Tough gravelly voiced Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, playing NYPD detectives, are the selling point for 'Righteous Kill.'
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
September 12, 2008
If the movie isn't anything to write home about, Pacino and DeNiro are.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
September 12, 2008
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 12, 2008
The film is well-paced and features subtle performances from De Niro and Pacino.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2008
Smothering close-ups, slam-bang montages and sudden, bloody assaults, all sleekly effective.
Top Critic
Neely Tucker
Washington Post
September 12, 2008
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.
Chris Farnsworth
E! Online
September 12, 2008
De Niro and Pacino hit every step so perfectly, they make even the standard cop-movie moments shine.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
September 12, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 12, 2008
...a great actor's showcase in spite of being only an okay movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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