Righteous Kill
Righteous Kill (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do their best to elevate this dowdy genre exercise, but even these two greats can't resuscitate the film's hackneyed script.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

This thriller by Jon Avnet is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The stars were handed inferior material to work with and, at best, can only make this tired plot watchable.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

Nearly everything about this film is a cliché.

James Berardinelli

There's nothing righteous to be found here.

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Ali Gray

A murky, muddled, miserable mess, Righteous Kill spends 101 minutes failing to achieve what Heat managed in just six.

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Jason Matloff
Boston Globe

Say it ain't so, Bobby and Al.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
All I'll say for the moment is: "Could have been so much better." Full review forthcoming.
Matt Goodman
I thought it would be good, haven't seen them together since Heat. So I had extremely high expectations. This movie sucked. The acting was on top but… More
Clintus Maximus
Righteous Kill is an average police mystery/thriller, terribly disappointing considering the two acting giants who star in it. I always like Carla Guginio and… More
Dean King
An average film that has been over criticized because it features two great actors rarely seen together in a film. They do ok with the performances but the film… More
♥Robyn M♥
ok...a pair of seasoned cops, Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are on the case when a serial killer with a vigillante streak starts bumping off bad… More
Jennifer D
I think the miss here was the story. It wasn't a completely bad premise, just not well executed. The best part was the end. I thought it was well acted and… More