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Righteous Kill Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 9, 2008
This thriller by Jon Avnet is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
Nearly everything about this film is a cliché.
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Jason Matloff
Boston Globe
October 18, 2008
Say it ain't so, Bobby and Al.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
The movie, which has more than 10 credited producers, feels like one of those slick, for-the-money projects Hollywood studios cook up via graph charts and marketing surveys.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2008
There's nothing righteous to be found here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
September 26, 2008
They look like jobbing veteran actors picking up another payday in some routine cop filler, and Avnet's busily clueless direction offers them and the clunky writing little help. Pacino. De Niro. It's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2008
The movie is hectic, exhausting, and baffling.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
It's not much fun to see these two reduced to Mad TV parodies of themselves. In the right movie, they'd stop coasting on their legends long enough to remind us how they became them.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2008
In the end, neither actor can muster the energy to rise above the subpar material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
What a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 12, 2008
The power couple's onscreen chemistry, which should be the film's strongest calling card, is merely adequate, a major disappointment for those expecting a tug o' war between screen titans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 12, 2008
Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 12, 2008
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro collect bloated paychecks with intent to bore in Righteous Kill, a slow-moving, ridiculous police thriller that would have been shipped straight to the remainder bin at Blockbuster if it starred anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 12, 2008
In every way that matters (indeed, in just about every way a movie can), Righteous Kill fails to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 12, 2008
There's no meat in Jon Avnet's generic cop thriller, not even the pleasure of Pacino's ham.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
September 12, 2008
A slack, morally ambiguous, decidedly sub-'Dexter' serial-killer-cop story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 12, 2008
Time, alas, doesn't so much pass in Righteous Kill as crawl, despite the usual overcutting, which tries to pump energy into the inert proceedings.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 12, 2008
Pacino is careful to rein in his bad habits in such company, and De Niro is De Niro; neither, however, can do much with material this trite. So, watching them, we're really seeing, and applauding, the ghosts of roles past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2008
A twisty, turny and ultimately silly thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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New York Daily News
September 11, 2008
How not to dig into the experience of seeing two of cinema's greatest legends working side by side? Well, first we could focus on the plot:
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2008
They seem comfortable enough in each other's company on-screen to make you wish there were more scenes that allowed them to just kick back and riff. It'd be a lot more enjoyable than watching the movie strain for clarity -- or cleverness.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 11, 2008
Enduring a contrived and convoluted crime drama would be worthwhile if it featured powerhouse performances from the two best screen actors of their generation. Such is not the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2008
An ordinary cop picture boosted by two charismatic superstars but hindered by its dearth of surprises.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 11, 2008
The novelty of watching De Niro and Pacino team up wears off pretty quickly.
| Original Score: C-
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 11, 2008
Righteous Kill, a.k.a. The Al and Bob Show, is a cop flick with all the drama of Law and Order: AARP.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 11, 2008
It's not that the crime thriller Righteous Kill is spectacularly awful. It's just thoroughly mediocre - a standard police procedural, a long episode of Law & Order, unremarkable but for the pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 11, 2008
At once groaningly predictable and needlessly convoluted.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C+