Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 22 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 19, 2013
    60
    Thank heavens — or at least the “Department of Eternal Affairs” — for Jeff Bridges, whose hilariously free-associative performance as a 19th-century frontier marshal-turned-21st-century undead lawman is like an adrenaline shot to the heart of R.I.P.D.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jul 19, 2013
    58
    While he's (Bridges) having more fun than anyone in the audience is likely to be having, it's such a rip-snorting go-for-broke performance that it almost makes R.I.P.D. worth the price of admission. Almost.
  3. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jul 19, 2013
    50
    Nothing short of wiping their memories with a real-life neuralizer is going to convince moviegoers that the supernatural buddy-cop comedy R.I.P.D. is anything more than a thinly disguised "Men In Black" ripoff.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 19, 2013
    50
    A film that grows less compelling and original by the minute, R.I.P.D. serves due notice that the mismatched-buddy-cop movie is wearing out its welcome all over again.
  5. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Sep 16, 2013
    40
    Confusing and uninspired rather than completely inept, it’s still likely to be swiftly struck from the résumés of all involved.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Jul 20, 2013
    38
    R.I.P.D. devotes far more energy to concept than execution, leaving most of the promising aspects high and dry.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    There is less eye candy than you would expect, and it’s underwhelming.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    In R.I.P.D., we have a legitimate train wreck of a motion picture: a film that doesn't work on any level. It's not funny. It's not exciting. It's not engaging. It's a waste of time and money.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 19, 2013
    38
    Perhaps there was a clever germ of an idea here, but the five credited writers didn't develop characters, scenarios or rules in this sci-fi world well enough to engage the audience.
  10. 38
    The worst comic book adaptation since “Jonah Hex.”
  11. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Jul 19, 2013
    36
    There is a legitimate film in here somewhere, buried deep beneath the rubble of its terrible script and editing.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 19, 2013
    30
    With its low-stakes chase scenes, obvious-from-the-get-go villains and nonsensical plotting, this feels more like a 96-minute-long episode of Scooby-Doo that's been laboriously translated into another language and then back into English.
  13. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jul 19, 2013
    30
    It's an unpleasant way to pass a couple summer hours.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jul 19, 2013
    30
    Unfortunately, the interesting drabness of the afterlife’s police department is paired with the colorless paucity of the film’s heavies...The deados, unmemorable CG brutes, spout generic bad-guy dialogue undistinguished by humor or characterization.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 19, 2013
    30
    The entire film has an oddly underdone quality to it, as if aiming not for greatness but to simply be passable.
  16. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Jul 21, 2013
    25
    Mostly loud and graceless, despite some arresting hyperbolic visuals that deserve an action film of actual soul and purpose. It's simply too generic at heart to justify director Schwentke's delirious, sidewinding, arcing, snap-zooming and whip-panning anti-gravity camerawork.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jul 19, 2013
    25
    A dud that squanders a decent cast and succeeds neither as the comedy nor the action film it purports to be.
  18. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 24, 2013
    20
    R.I.P.D. never creates a believable universe, interesting action sequences, or dynamic characters. It’s a paint-by-numbers approach in which the film’s comedy and drama both fall flat.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    It's nothing special. Which sort of makes it a loser all the way 'round. Expect a sad afterlife for it on cable.
  20. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    Tired byplay between Reynolds’s mystified straight man and Bridges’s supernatural old pro will kill off any fond memories you have of zesty buddy films past and present.
  21. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    What’s missing is what’s often absent in industrial moviemaking of this type: story and characters, yes, but also the human touch and a sense that someone behind the scenes actually cares about the work.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    Less a bad movie than simply not a movie, R.I.P.D. gives every indication of having been a sloppy first-draft script.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    It so shamelessly borrows from so many other movies, and then does absolutely nothing to add to them -- nothing to raise the bar, nothing to make it more interesting, and really nothing to make it the least bit appealing.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    This is a second-rate special effects-dominated 3D entry that will join several prominent would-be blockbusters that need not be mentioned on the summer junk heap.
  25. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 18, 2013
    12
    For a movie that so strenuously rips off “Ghostbusters” and “Men in Black,” R.I.P.D. manages to come up with fresh new ways of being absolutely terrible.
  26. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 19, 2013
    10
    The whole thing seems ill-conceived from the start, unable to keep its parameters simple – think of Ghostbusters and “Don’t cross the streams!” – but also lacking any genuine comic spark or imagination. It’s an exhausting 98 minute ride to nowhere.
  27. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 19, 2013
    0
    This expensive misfire runs a little less than ninety minutes, which means that there’s likely a 105-110 minute long version that the producers hacked up in order to get the maximum amount of 3D showtimes to not embarrass the studio on opening weekend. Judging by the released product, that version is likely even worse, if such a thing were possible.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 220 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 54
  2. Negative: 24 out of 54
  1. Jul 21, 2013
    9
    I honestly don't understand all the hate. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this film. Yes it was a bit like MiB maybe and the CGI could've been a bit better, but my friends and I, as well as the packed theater, couldn't stop laughing. All I can say is don't listen to reviews and go see for yourself. If you go in expecting a bad movie, you're not going to enjoy yourself. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    4
    RED and Flightplan director Robert Schwentke's paranormal action flick R.I.P.D. is based on a comic book of the same name by Peter M. Lenkov. For everyone else involved, it's a Men in Black sequel that swaps ghosts in for aliens. That's OK the MIB franchise rests on chemistry and that's what makes R.I.P.D. halfway tolerable. Ryan Reynolds, the perfect leading man who can't catch a break in Hollywood, stars as Nick, a Boston cop trying to carve out a life with his French lovely, Julia (Stephanie Szostak). Nick has made on major mistake in that genial plan: At his most recent drug bust, he helped his parter Hayes (Kevin Bacon) steal some ancient gold he thinks can be pawned for serious dollars. Why was there ancient gold stashed away in the crates that carried illegal drugs into Boston? This is one of the many blanks R.I.P.D. asks you to fill in. "You have seen enough movies, it should be easy," the script silently says to us as it speeds along to make its 90-minute runtime. When Nick decides he's out of the corrupt gold smuggling plot, Hayes shoots him in the face. That would be the end of most Boston cops, but it turns out
    the Massachusetts city is one of the most haunted places in America, and requires the policing of a Heavenly force known as R.I.P.D.. Nick is recruited to the afterlife squad, paired up with Roy (Jeff Bridges), a rootin' tootin' riff on True Grit's Rooster Cogburn. After 15 minutes of deciphering Bridges' mush-mouthed, cowboy drawl, R.I.P.D. kicks into high gear and delivers genuine laughs. Why Reynolds, the fastest wit in the West, was sentenced to playing the straight man, we may never know. But he still meshes with the kook antics of Roy, who drives his big yellow car like he's kicked back in a rocking chair and spools out ghastly death sentences like their parking tickets. Nick learning the ropes of Dead-O wrangling is half the movie, as the nonsensical logic of the world is explained in a series of ghost-busting sequences. As our brains attempt to figure out geography and slip into the groove of an action sequence, Schwentke uses special effects to lunge forward, never finding a frame or reasoning for doing so. It's burst of unmotivated energy and it only serves to jostle our cortexes. Do not see this movie in 3D, a last-minute addition that mauls the decent character work between Reynold and Bridges to death. R.I.P.D. is one of the few movies that could use a bit more breathing room in its runtime to flesh out the dynamic and gradually tell a story, versus the tactic it takes. Halfway through the movie, a mission pops up through a magical exposition tube that gives purposes to everything we have been watching and carries (limps?) R.I.P.D. across the finish line. You don't know Men in Black is a skillfully crafted action comedy until you have seen R.I.P.D. and that might be the best reason to see it. Despite Schwentke's complete inability to work around lower production value why can District 9 look so good and R.I.P.D. look so awful? Reynolds and Bridges deserve around of applause. They bring soul to a lifeless blockbuster corpse.
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  3. Jul 20, 2013
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This film right here was the breaking point for me, thank you RIPD and thank you Hollywood for getting me off my ass to voice my insignificant opinion to the world by signing up and contributing points to this abomination of a film. I went into this movie like I have went into every other film this summer, low expectations and hopefully opening night so I could have crowd reactions to give me something to laugh at, but this film managed to near put me to sleep!
    It was like the movie had both the choices to be an Action and a Comedy but failed to deliver enough on both ends! It was either you are laughing at the bits of Old Chinese man in weird spots holding a banana and Hot White supermodel who gets hit on, or you are watching gunfights which character plot-armor is soo thick that not a single wound is received. I think the only saving grace the movie had for it (at least in my opinion) was Jeff Bridges whose portrayal of a 1800's Western Lawman in modern Society, which managed to keep my focus on the screen and away from the Sour Patch Kids.

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