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Hot Pursuit

Action . Crime . Comedy

An uptight by-the-book cop must protect the widow of a drug boss from crooked cops and gunmen.

Actors: Reese Witherspoon , Sofía Vergara , Michael Mosley , John Carroll Lynch , Richard T. Jones , Jodi Lyn Brockton , Robert Kazinsky , Matthew Del Negro , Mike Birbiglia , Jaylen Moore
Directors: Anne Fletcher
Country: USA
Release: 2015-05-08
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Hot Pursuit is a quiet triumph of tone and timing. Nearly every scene is cut at just the right point, often topped off with a fantastic kicker of dialogue.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Much of the movie’s charm comes from seeing middle-aged women in roles that usually go to middle-aged men. (Vergara is 42; Witherspoon will be 40 next March.) Hot Pursuit isn’t funnier than most male outings in the cop-witness genre – the 1988 “Midnight Run” remains the best of those – but its casting makes it fresher than many.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kimber Myers

    Despite all its flaws, it achieves its goal of making the audience laugh, even against their better judgment.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    I can’t believe just how dumb Hot Pursuit is. Moreover I can’t believe just how much I laughed.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Witherspoon and Vergara are both experienced comedic actors with charisma to spare, and watching them pal around is a perfectly pleasant way to pass some time. But with material this uninspired, 87 minutes of riding shotgun is long enough.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    A mixture of mild pleasures and deep disappointments.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Witherspoon’s charge, Sofía Vergara as a recalcitrant witness in need of police protection, is an adept slapstick comic likewise hamstrung by director Anne Fletcher’s sluggish pacing, which reliably stays with a scene for three beats beyond the punch line.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Hot Pursuit is about two women finding sisterly common ground despite ethnic, religious, philosophical, temperamental and/or phonetic differences. It also seems an inevitable stop on Hollywood’s perpetual recycling drive, which caters to an audience perfectly content with the creaky and familiar.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    What’s spanglish for déjà vu? There’s hardly a single moment in Hot Pursuit that won’t remind you of scenes you’ve seen at the multiplex a thousand times before. (The movie’s original title was Don’t Mess With Texas, probably because Thelma & Louise Ride the Pineapple Express All the Way to Jump Street — and They’ve Got Lethal Weapons, Y’all! was just too long.)

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    As a delivery system for a newly minted and reasonably engaging if not always laugh-out-loud comedy team — Reese Witherspoon and Sophie Vergara — Hot Pursuit works. Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    One’s uptight. The other’s flamboyant. Put them together and… Well, not much happens, except the desperation Hot Pursuit brings to its attempts to wring laughs out of the contrast.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    This trite road-trip comedy can be so lazy that it squanders the goodwill of a premise that ought to be self-evident.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    It’s a chase film, it’s a buddy film, it’s a ridiculous, loud and often offensive romp. Witherspoon’s character is cornball and annoyingly adrenalized – what was she thinking?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Here’s proof two females can make a bickering-opposites-action-comedy that’s just as lousy and sour as any clunker starring two guys.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    The trailers for the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit hint at a movie that’s unfunny, insufferable and obvious. You can’t say you weren’t warned.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Cheap, short and slow, Hot Pursuit is a comedy that never lets your forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A relentlessly unfunny comedy, it wastes the talents of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara as egregiously as one could possibly imagine, resorting to lame jokes, cliches and incompetent storytelling to pass the time.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    While a movie that fails to catch fire is disappointing, there is something even more dispiriting about a movie that doesn’t even bother to try, that tosses its stars a soggy book of matches and expects them to generate a spark.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Although Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara do have their fleetingly amusing moments, this road-trip buddy comedy feels like it rolled off the cliché assembly line, offering wan laughs and familiar setups.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The film is essentially nothing but little and ineffectual bits of recycled shtick with no sense of freshness of invention. And the women never bond in even the most rote or superficial way that's expected in this sort of claptrap.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    A few mildly tone-deaf jokes are hardly enough to sink Hot Pursuit. What does, however, is its tendency to belabor the laziest, most obvious gags beyond the point of reason.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    So there’s nothing here to see, except maybe the white dress that Vergara wears in her first scene.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It's the kind of movie where the bloopers that run with the end credits are much funnier than anything that came before. That's a good rule for a comedy: if the blooper reel is funnier than the movie, you're in trouble.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's hardly an area in which Hot Pursuit is not found lacking. The comedy is unfunny with joke after joke falling painfully flat.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Hot Pursuit is this week's "Paul Blart." Which is to say, it's ill-conceived, not funny, overbearing and not in any way worth watching.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's all stupefyingly unfunny. Hot Pursuit is one hot mess.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The only thing that could've made Sofia Vergara's misguided contribution grislier would have been to fellate a Chiquita banana.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    What really offends about Hot Pursuit is its lazy approach to comedy, and so many short cuts making bad jokes possible.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The direction is credited to somebody named Anne Fletcher, but no evidence of it survives.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It would be a lot easier to give the film a soft pass if it wasn't so aggressively lazy.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Nothing in the film remotely resembles any location between San Antonio and Dallas, the beginning and end points of its labored trajectory. For someone in Fresno or Akron, this may not be a big deal, but for those of us in these here parts, it’s a damned distraction.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The joyless and perfunctory Hot Pursuit would be a black mark on anyone’s résumé, but it’s an especially disheartening one for Witherspoon at this point in her career.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There isn’t one joke, sight gag or piece of slapstick tomfoolery that lands with any success or originality in Hot Pursuit.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    This is an equal-opportunity fiasco.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Hot Pursuit gets cold quickly. That’s certainly not the fault of stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, who work to keep this blessedly brief action-comedy shaking and cruising to an unthrilling end. The blame lies with a dopey script, director Anne Fletcher and a lazy Hollywood assumption that female buddy flicks should be as half-assed as their male counterparts.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    It’s genial, with appealing stars and fair giggles.

    Empire Full Review
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