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David Keyes
November 25, 2015
A great deal of bizarre circumstances occur in this very effective farce, and for any mind that is easily won over by the insistence of shocking humor, it continues to hold a bewildering power to inspire shock, awe and some unforgettable chuckles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
August 11, 2014
DeVito and Midler are superb in their roles as the greedy philanderer and his screaming, overbearing other half.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
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.
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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.

TV Guide
July 31, 2013
Call it rude, crude, and lewd, but you also have to call it very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
An undemanding but well-executed entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
July 31, 2013
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.
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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
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
At its considerable best, Ruthless People is a riotous anomaly: a very good farce about very bad taste.
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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
March 26, 2009
Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.
Cole Smithey
December 4, 2006
DeVito at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Clint Morris
March 11, 2006
One of the best comedy capers of the 80's
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 9, 2004
Funny and fearless
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 22, 2004
Funny, nasty 80s update of "The Ransom of Red Chief." The Ref found similar dark laughs a decade later.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 9, 2003
A wonderful cynical comedy filled with mean-spirited, but humorous, zest. Loads of fun!
| Original Score: 4/5
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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...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 9, 2002
...a large number of Ruthless People's jokes work and work well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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