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Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow) who has never forgiven him for arresting him years before. Nick must redeem himself both to the police force, his family and the public who had come to love and respect him. Denzel Washington is excellent in his role of the good man in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"A taut, twisty urban suspenser powered by the spring-loaded performance of Denzel Washington in his first major action role, Ricochet has a nasty streak and a tendency toward implausible excess."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As with other Silver-smithed projects, this one is almost frighteningly competent at bashing heads and pushing all the right buttons."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Every now and then a movie comes along that is so preposterous, so devoid of any reality or logic, you have to wonder how it got made."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Spectacular, violent and wildly excessive urban actioner that may not be taking itself quite as seriously as first appears."
‑ , Film4
"Mulcahy's slasher-thriller manages to be as entertaining as it is improbable and violent."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"A brutally entertaining film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. And what's not sick is out-and-out preposterous."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Dynamite action. This is a good bet for a night with the lads. And weedy girlies can at least wake up every ten minutes when Denz takes his top off."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The screenplay, by Steven E. de Souza, contains many glib, obscene wisecracks, plus the misinformation that Anna Karenina was Tolstoy's first book."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"After a potent start this fizzles with a stupid ending, but John Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake is one of the most sinister, most vicious, most unforgettable movie villains ever."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Solid thriller. Lithgow is a great villain with real power over the hero. Lots of tension."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
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