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Ride Along (12A)

Ride Along (12A)

Action, Comedy

Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister.

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The critical consensus

Ride Along hasn’t enough gas to sustain its journey.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 25/02/2014

The Pesci-in-Lethal-Weapon premise is spun out into a feature-length jamboree of minor laughs and clunky genre.

**(*)(*)(*)James White, Empire Online, 24/02/2014

More endurance test than movie, it’s like being stuck in a car with a screeching, manic-depressive toddler. For two hours. Brutal.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 24/02/2014

It’s fast, loud and silly with some good set-pieces and comic situations. Hart (Think Like A Man) is fast becoming the next big African American comic star.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 26/02/2014

Sometimes comedy just doesn’t translate, even when we share the same language. That’s certainly the case with this irritating mismatched buddy movie.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 01/03/2014

Looks like a buddy movie-by-numbers. Kinda is but has heart (and Hart).

Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 27/02/2014

Hart's energy and flair for slapstick at least stop Ride Along from ever quite stalling completely.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, 27/02/2014

Ice Cube is not a real straight man, more a stilted action lead who figures he should just stay still while Hart breaks out the supposedly funny stuff. It feels like he's the one along for the ride.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/02/2014

An action-comedy short on both action and comedy, this turgid dirge recycles all the usual mismatched cop-couple cliches (from 48 Hours to Cop Out) with dreary results.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 02/03/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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