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Righteous Kill

Thriller . Drama . Crime . Adventure . Action

Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?

Actors: Al Pacino , 50 Cent , Carla Gugino , Robert De Niro , Donnie Wahlberg , Brian Dennehy , John Leguizamo , Trilby Glover , Melissa Leo , Shirly Brener
Directors: Jon Avnet
Country: USA
Release: 2008-09-12
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  • Stina Chyn

    I'd like to recognize Russell Gewirtz for a screenplay that boasts humor, an impressive plot twist, and for setting up plenty of room for De Niro and Pacino to get their grooves back in order.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams

    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. Full Review
  • Luke Sader

    An ordinary cop picture boosted by two charismatic superstars but hindered by its dearth of surprises.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A twisty, turny and ultimately silly thriller from "Inside Man's" Russell Gewirtz.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    A relatively harmless movie that becomes killing-a-mockingbird sinful for what it does to its leads.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    The entire movie is one big build-up to a twist that, while not exactly cheating, plays is an awfully cheap trick.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Its failure to live up to even modest expectations is a blow. There's nothing righteous to be found here.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    In pairing the two icons, Righteous Kill is definitely an event. What it isn't is much of a movie. Such a waste.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Gene Seymour

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neely Tucker

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joshua Katzman

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    Slack, morally ambiguous, decidedly sub-Dexter serial-killer-cop story that's been cooked up for them (De Niro/Pacino).

    NPR Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Trudging through a thriller that would have felt warmed over in 1988, the pair investigate a serial killer.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Of the supporting performances, Gugino, Leguizamo and Wahlberg offer solid turns, but are let down by dialogue.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    It's a sad state of affairs when the best news about Righteous Kill is that it isn't awful.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A clutter of recycled cop-movie and serial-killer film clichés.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    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.

    Time Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    By the time the movie reaches its protracted conclusion, it feels like a slog. Pacino has a few funny lines, as does Leguizamo, but not nearly enough to save the film from collapsing under the weight of its own self-righteous tedium.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jason Matloff

    When actors are as great as De Niro and Pacino, watching them in a movie like Righteous Kill is deadly.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Under the guidance of Jon Avnet, they're (De Niro/Pacino) both playing New York police detectives - partners, no less - in the cop-and-serial-killer tale Righteous Kill, and they're thunderously mediocre.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie is hectic, exhausting, and baffling. It's an embarrassment.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Righteous Kill, a.k.a. The Al and Bob Show, is a cop flick with all the drama of "Law and Order: AARP." This movie defines drag-ass.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A slow-moving, ridiculous police thriller that would have been shipped straight to the remainder bin at Blockbuster if it starred anyone else.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It's not much fun to see these two reduced to "Mad TV" parodies of themselves.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    There's nothing righteous about this tired and tiresome good cop/bad cop NYPD procedural.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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