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R.I.P.D. Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Darn it to heck. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This is a second-rate special effects-dominated 3D entry that will join several prominent would-be blockbusters that need not be mentioned on the summer junk heap.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Perhaps there was a clever germ of an idea here, but the five credited writers didn't develop characters, scenarios or rules in this sci-fi world well enough to engage the audience.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In R.I.P.D., we have a legitimate train wreck of a motion picture: a film that doesn't work on any level. It's not funny. It's not exciting. It's not engaging. It's a waste of time and money.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Lifeless, violent dud recycles many better sci-fi comedies.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that R.I.P.D. is a sci-fi comedy that's likely to remind many viewers of Men in Black. It revolves around characters who die and come back as "ghost cops," whose job is to catch dead people who are still walking the earth. Violence is frequent but generally bloodless and cartoonish, with plenty of fake-looking computer-generated effects/creatures (some of whom may still be pretty scary for little kids) and lots of flipping cars and smashed buildings. There are also some shooting scenes. Things get a bit more serious when the main character deals with saying goodbye to his beloved wife. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," as well as one or two uses of "bitch" and "ass," and there's some kissing/suggestion of sex, as well as jokes at the expense of groups like women and Chinese people.

  • Families can talk about R.I.P.D.'s cartoonish violence. Was it scary or exciting? Does any of it seem real?
  • Is the movie scary? How does it see the monsters in this movie? Are they funny, or sad?
  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? How do you feel about the movie's portrayal of women, Chinese men, etc.?
  • Does the idea of a dead main character make the movie seem depressing? How does such a light movie handle such a dark idea?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Characters learn to work together, and the main character learns to let go of the past. But much of their attitude is reckless, destructive, and insubordinate. There's also a bit of revenge involved. There are a few minor jokes at the expense of women, an old Chinese man, and Indian food.

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    Role models: The main characters are generally good cops, and they seem to care about people, despite a layer of callousness, but they're also destructive and silly.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Overall, the violence is cartoonish and bloodless, with very fake-looking creatures/visual effects romping around the city, flipping cars and destroying buildings. But some of the monsters can be kind of scary (like a man with his mouth ripped wide open). In the prologue scenes, cops shoot lots of bullets at a warehouse full of bad guys, but no one is shown getting hit. The main theme of the movie deals with the main character dying, coming back as a kind of ghost cop, and mourning the loss of his beloved wife (he watches her cry at his funeral). The movie's plot involves the idea of a coming apocalypse.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A husband and wife kiss lovingly while lying in bed, and they appear to be gearing up for sex before the scene ends. There's some various sexual innuendo, such as a couple alluding to a past sexual encounter, and references to "whores" or "love bought by the hour." A man gets out of the shower and drops his towel, but nothing sensitive is shown.

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    Language: Language includes a cut-off use of "f--k," as well as a few uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "c--k up," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and "suck it."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A character drinks a Fresca in one scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable