Righteous Kill
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After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren't. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thriller by Jon Avnet is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A murky, muddled, miserable mess, Righteous Kill spends 101 minutes failing to achieve what Heat managed in just six."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"As far as bad movies go, Righteous Kill is something of a zenith."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Russell Gewirtz's script is built around a trick, one that is simultaneously too clever by half and not clever at all (which itself is quite a trick)."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Nearly everything about this film is a cliché."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"There's nothing righteous to be found here."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The worst about Righteous Kill is that there's probably a perfectly acceptable procedural thriller somewhere in the mountain of cliches and stupidity that riddle the film."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Pacino. DeNiro. Armed and dangerous. In a cop drama. In NYC. Together. Written by the writer of Inside Man. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, what could've gone so wrong?"
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"There's nothing righteous about this tired and tiresome good cop/bad cop NYPD procedural from Avnet; in fact, it's pretty much an abomination from the get-go."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Say it ain't so, Bobby and Al."
‑ Jason Matloff, Boston Globe
"They look like jobbing veteran actors picking up another payday in some routine cop filler, and Avnet's busily clueless direction offers them and the clunky writing little help. Pacino. De Niro. It's over."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Imagine this conversation: A phone call between actor Bob De Niro and director Marty Scorsese. Bobby: Hello, Marty. I've been calling and texting, but you never answer. (Silence) Bobby: I'm talking to you. Are you talkin' to me? Are you talkin' to me?"
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"...the phrase phoning-it-in was practically invented for Pacino and De Niro's work here..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"So somebody finally got De Niro and Pacino to co-star in a movie together and this is the best they could come up with?"
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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