Righteous Kill

Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    Watching these old pros play longtime buddies is a pleasure, especially since they're together in most scenes. But this thriller by Jon Avnet (88 Minutes) is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced.
  2. 40
    It's a sad state of affairs when the best news about Righteous Kill is that it isn't awful.
  3. Righteous Kill's script is credited to "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz, and you wonder how the sleek, nuanced flow of that earlier movie evaded this one.
  4. 50
    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.
  5. Of the supporting performances, Gugino, Leguizamo and Wahlberg offer solid turns, but are let down by dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    45
    Slack, morally ambiguous, decidedly sub-Dexter serial-killer-cop story that's been cooked up for them (De Niro/Pacino).
  7. A twisty, turny and ultimately silly thriller from "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz.
  8. 50
    Its failure to live up to even modest expectations is a blow. There's nothing righteous to be found here.
  9. Despite how easy it would be to write off Righteous Kill as one sorry excuse for lazy filmmaking, there is still something utterly mesmerizing in the palpable chemistry between the two leading men.
  10. A relatively harmless movie that becomes killing-a-mockingbird sinful for what it does to its leads.
  11. 42
    Trudging through a thriller that would have felt warmed over in 1988, the pair investigate a serial killer.
  12. In pairing the two icons, Righteous Kill is definitely an event. What it isn't is much of a movie. Such a waste.
  13. An ordinary cop picture boosted by two charismatic superstars but hindered by its dearth of surprises.
  14. A clutter of recycled cop-movie and serial-killer film clichés.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    40
    Instead of the meeting of maestros at the top of their form, Righteous Kill has the feeling of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds facing off for the first time in an exhibition game. It's like Old Timers' Day at the Motion Picture Home.
  16. 50
    The entire movie is one big build-up to a twist that, while not exactly cheating, plays is an awfully cheap trick.
  17. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    Unable or unwilling to match the visceral chops and moral provocations of superior serial-killer chillers, Righteous Kill is content to be a twisty genre exercise; it's like "Seven" as reimagined by M. Night Shyamalan.
  18. 50
    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.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 17 out of 31
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    4
    Spoiler alert - pairing De Niro and Pacino together does not result in a great film alone. Given the chance to star alongside each other forSpoiler alert - pairing De Niro and Pacino together does not result in a great film alone. Given the chance to star alongside each other for what, on this outcome, may well be the final time, De Niro and Pacino play a pair of veteran detectives struggling to keep up with a serial killer on the loose. Thinking back I struggle to recall either of their characters actually doing any police work in the slightest, this falls to Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo. Both actors play their characters as nonchalant, wise-cracking smart asses. This is a natural character for Pacino but why both need to appear so is unnecessary and just adds to the feeling that their hearts were not in this fully. That said, the story plods along until the dreadful twist at the end that left me more confused initially than anything else until I recognised how the writer had got away with it. A cheap trick, not in league with the writers previous work (Inside Man), that leaves the viewer feeling disappointed with the previous hour and half serving no purpose but lead up to this charade. Ardent Pacino and De Niro fans may be interested but otherwise steer clear. Full Review »
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    0
    You know you're in trouble when you look forward to the scenes that 50 Cent is in. Marvel as two hacks who should be ashamed of themselvesYou know you're in trouble when you look forward to the scenes that 50 Cent is in. Marvel as two hacks who should be ashamed of themselves collect their paycheques for making little or no effort throughout until Pacino phones in some trademark hysteria and eye-rolling at the end. Gasp as the plot twist which was obvious from the start is revealed to an audience who by this time surely couldn't care less. Cringe as the dodgy sub-plot (she likes it rough) leads to nasty payback. She deserved it, innit. But the audience didn't. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2010
    0
    I turned of my new flat screen tv after watching this movie for five minutes. If a movie starts off really bad, you know it can only getI turned of my new flat screen tv after watching this movie for five minutes. If a movie starts off really bad, you know it can only get worse. So why waste your time siting through this ? Hollywood's assumption that you can just arrange a date between arguably two of the best actors ever and make it work, well...it did not quite work out.
    I would say the best thing about this movie is that you can tell after 55 seconds that it is crap. That way, you have a choice.
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