Ricochet (1991)

In this fingernail-biting suspense film, a young cop (Denzel Washington) busts an infamous psycho who, when in prison, becomes totally devoted to avenging his incarceration by evening the score with his captor. When the psycho killer… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 4, 1991
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

As with other Silver-smithed projects, this one is almost frighteningly competent at bashing heads and pushing all the right buttons.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Mulcahy's slasher-thriller manages to be as entertaining as it is improbable and violent.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An absurd urban thriller, with no street cred.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. And what's not sick is out-and-out preposterous.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The screenplay, by Steven E. de Souza, contains many glib, obscene wisecracks, plus the misinformation that Anna Karenina was Tolstoy's first book.

TV Guide

A brutally entertaining film.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Can it really be 20 years ago this film hit the big screen? Denzel buddy you are getting old. The only bad thing about this movie is that it comes in Letterbox… More
Ken Stachnik
A giant load of cliche crap. Although Lithgow strapping on phone books with duct tape to engage in some sort of prison version of a duel was pretty inspired.… More
Lady D'arbanville
One of Washington's earlier performance, back when he obviously still had to resort to showing off his body and looks for the role. Not quite the standard… More
Dean McKenna
Fantastic, over the top revenge thriller, this is bloody, violent and creative in its slayings, and the busy plot of betrayal and blackmail is relentless in its… More
Tim Salmons
Strange revenge movie.
Deb S
Denzel Washington is a prosperous, respected, happily married District Attorney. John Lithgow is a prisoner whom Washington sent up the river years ago. Lithgow… More