Ruthless People
Ruthless People (1986)

The last film to be co-directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker, Ruthless People stars Bette Midler (capitalizing on her comeback performance in Down and Out in Beverly Hills) as Barbara, a spoiled rich woman who is… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 27, 1986
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's sometimes crude and tasteless, but Ruthless People wrings acid-soaked laughs out of its dark premise and gleefully misanthropic characters.

Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The characters here aren't just bad; most of them are truly vile -- human slime. And the film makers chew them up (especially two nefarious bonbons played by Danny DeVito and Bette Midler) with the toothsome glee of jolly cannibals.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Ruthless People contains some of the biggest laughs of 1986.

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David Keyes

A great deal of bizarre circumstances occur in this very effective farce, and for any mind that is easily won over by the insistence of shocking humor, it continues to hold a bewildering power to inspire shock, awe and some unforgettable chuckles.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Much of the fun of this comedy is in watching what happens as virtually everyone in the movie tries to double-cross or otherwise take advantage of everyone else.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a rare kind of craftsmanship, and it produces a rare kind of pleasure.

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Jo Berry
Radio Times

DeVito and Midler are superb in their roles as the greedy philanderer and his screaming, overbearing other half.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

An undemanding but well-executed entertainment.

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Variety Staff

Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Occasionally crude and tasteless, Ruthless People is a comedy with a vitriolic twist. It`s a comedy about people who love to hate, with actors who make it worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Without all the madness of Airplane, The Naked Gun or Top Secret, the trio: Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker made a terrific intelligent comedy, with… More
Jacob Ethington
This is THE ultimate film of misunderstandings. Every plan in this film goes wrong, and in an absolutely spectacular fashion. The plot for this one is dark and… More
Alex roy
Ruthless People is a fun, entertaining comedy film that has good gags going for it. I enjoyed the film, but it did lack in some areas, and it could have been a… More
Thomas Bowler
Hilarious from start to finish. Full review later.
Jens S.
While not as entirely crazy and hilarious as their Naked Gun films, this comedy by the Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker team still shows some trademarks of the same… More
Kevin M. Williams
Lighthearted 80's romp about the small mean places in some versus the great wide open of others, and how each side secretly, insanely envies the other.… More

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