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Ruthless People Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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
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.
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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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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
April 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Grade-A black slapstick comedy. A truly hilarious film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Barsanti
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
March 11, 2006
One of the best comedy capers of the 80's
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Cole Smithey
December 4, 2006
DeVito at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 1, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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