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Ride Along

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For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Ice Cube) that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he's earned the seasoned policeman's respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela. Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner's rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.

Actors: Jay Pharoah , Gary Owen , Gary Weeks , Bryan Callen , Bruce McGill , Laurence Fishburne , Tika Sumpter , John Leguizamo , Kevin Hart , Ice Cube
Directors: Tim Story
Country: USA
Release: 2014-01-17
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  • Stephen Whitty

    For 100 minutes, I didn't think about anything else at all. And sometimes that small relief is the best thing a movie can give.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A pleasant, snappy, by-the-numbers buddy comedy.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Ride Along is a strong recommend when Hart is talking, but merely a mediocre attempt at a movie when he’s not. Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Hart is much like Murphy: fast-talking, mischievous and irresistible. He's so confident and good-natured that we see how Angela fell for her pint-sized slacker.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Hart is clearly working overtime; there’s nothing effortless about his histrionic delivery, but it works.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Hart’s clowning here is that rare case where louder is, in fact, funnier.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The plot twists are easily guessed, and the film goes on for one predicament too long, but there are some good laughs.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    This is time-worn, overly familiar material, indifferently directed by journeyman Tim Story, but Hart’s manic comic invention and textured persona elevates it somewhere beyond the level of pleasing mediocrity onto the slightly more distinguished realm of the agreeable-enough time waster.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    Turns out to be something like a comic riff on "Training Day." Leaning more toward Hart's brand of slightly raunchy humor rather than Ice Cube's equally popular family-friendly fare, the PG-13 film exhibits broad appeal.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Many Jerry Lewis staples, including bratty children and imposing tough guys, are present and accounted for; at one point, Hart even childishly leaps into Ice Cube’s arms, Lewis-style.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Hart's exasperated dervish shtick has moments of real live-wire anarchy, including one priceless gag at a firing range. Will it be enough to make Hart a household name? Maybe. But both he and his fans deserve better.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Denby

    Nothing in the movie makes sense, but I prefer to think that Ride Along is just a badly told joke, rather than an insult to its audience.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    At its best, Ride Along is tolerable. At its worst, it borders on insulting.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It all mostly works, but you can’t help but wonder at times if it could have been a lot funnier if it had just a bit more edge.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Ride Along really isn't much of a movie, but the quality that makes it mostly watchable, and occasionally enjoyable, is the fact that it seems to know that it isn't much of a movie, and doesn't push against that fact too much. Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Kevin Hart hits the vicinity of humor with a few of his drive-by wisecracks, but the movie itself has nothing under the hood.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Ride Along sabotages itself, although I suppose that doesn’t really matter — there are already plans in the works for Ride Along 2.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    A lazy and listless buddy-cop action-comedy that fades from memory as quickly as its generic title.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    He (Fishburne) rips into his dialogue like steak, savoring every word as if he were paid by the syllable. For a moment, we’re in a different movie, one where someone has decided to singlehandedly deconstruct a cliché. It’s a very short moment.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ashley Clark

    Director Tim Story (Fantastic Four) locates the right blend of humour and action in a couple of taut sequences, but Ride Along is saddled with an uninvolving plot, and largely content to coast on cop-movie clichés.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Here's a film that tries to strike a "Beverly Hills Cop" balance between crime drama and screwball comedy -- but that balance, it should be noted, isn't an easy one to strike.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Story and his four screenwriters don’t exactly strain themselves to find a new angle in this mismatched buddy comedy. Picture “Rush Hour,” and then imagine Hart as the annoying kid in “Are We There Yet?” You’ve basically just watched the entire movie in your head.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Too bad that Ride Along never makes it to Ordinary; it sinks into sub-. This is a movie you keep watching only from lethargy.

    Time Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    This rote buddy-cop action comedy is instantly forgettable. We’ve seen it all before, and worse than that, we’ve seen it done far better in films ranging from last year’s "The Heat" to Eighties classics such as "Midnight Run" and "Lethal Weapon."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    You can practically see Hart straining to break free of the script and let loose with a wild improvisational rant, and you never lose hope that he might. (Spoiler alert: He doesn’t.)

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Ride Along is a film so casual in its conception and execution, it should be titled Drive Thru.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Time and again, Ride Along comes up with a clichéd setup — and then blows the payoff.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A little Kevin Hart goes a long way in Ride Along, a dull buddy picture engineered as a vehicle for the mini motor mouth and the perma-sneering Ice Cube.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film refuses to openly engage the isolationism and hardened cynicism that's often part and parcel of being a career police officer.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The laughs here are lazy, and any sense of logic is definitely on the lam.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Forget going soft — Ride Along proves Ice Cube's got bigger image problems than kiddie movies and Coors Light commercials.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A collection of moldy gags that director Tim Story tries to polish. Not with these turds, pal.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Ride Along tries to be a comic version of “Training Day,” only there’s nothing in it as funny as Denzel razzing Ethan. There’s nothing much funny in it at all.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ride Along, set in Atlanta, gives shoddiness a bad name.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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