Though ''Ruthless People'' has few moments to equal the inspired lunacies of ''Airplane!'' it's a true farce -- uniformly, cheerily nasty...
Thomas O'Connor - New York Times
DeVito is the mainspring of "Ruthless People," the engine of murderous intensity right at the center. His passion is so palpable that it adds weight to all the other performances in the movie.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Dean Essner - Variety
Ruthless People is a hilariously venal comedy about a kidnapped harridan whose rich husband won't pay for her return.
Variety Staff - Variety
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
DeVito at his best.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A pity that the directors prove less ruthless than their own creations, but there is more than enough here for people who enjoy murder attempts on cute pet poodles.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
One of the best comedy capers of the 80's
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Catholic Sun
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Funny and fearless
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Funny, nasty 80s update of "The Ransom of Red Chief." The Ref found similar dark laughs a decade later.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A wonderful cynical comedy filled with mean-spirited, but humorous, zest. Loads of fun!
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
...a large number of Ruthless People's jokes work and work well.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
About half as funny as it thinks it is
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Grade-A black slapstick comedy. A truly hilarious film.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com