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When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
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John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
"The naggy tension between the leads turns into a fine chemistry (...) Soft-rock hits by Styx and The Hollies provide ironic counterpoint to shootouts and chase scenes (...) It's enjoyable enough"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Peter Debruge
"The deliciously antagonistic chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani (...) fuels this breakneck buddy movie"  POS
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Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
"[It] may be the ugliest movie of 2019, and the stupidest (...) Even Nanjiani’s endearingly funny turn isn’t enough to elevate 'Stuber' above its own trite, lazy aspirations (…) Rating: ★ (out of 4)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States
Eric Vespe
"Pairing Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is inspired and that dynamic is the strongest stuff in the movie."  POS
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Ryan Oliver
The Playlist
"[It puts] the humor and improvisation ahead of the action and story (...) The mechanics of the story are so perfunctory that when reveals start to happen, they feel more random than gasp-worthy."  NEG
United StatesUnited States
David Ehrlich
"You can feel how much [Bautista and Nanjiani] enjoy each other, and that energy is palpable even when the jokes aren’t there to support it."  POS
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Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"An entertainment that is at once knowingly derivative (it’s like 'Lethal Weapon'!) and somehow just different enough (with ride sharing!)."  NEU
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Monica Castillo
"Nanjiani and Bautista’s performances are fun, and the addition of Iko Uwais from 'The Raid' adds an extra element of thrilling fight choreography, but the team does not have the screenplay to match what the cast is giving to it"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Simon Thompson
"A competent but underwhelming buddy comedy (...) An awkward, uneven action-comedy that never realizes its full potential"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
"You can forgive a little sloppiness in an action-comedy, provided the laughs are there. But 'Stuber' is pretty slapdash in the yuks department, too."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Phil de Semlyen
Time Out
"As funny as a traffic jam (...) [It falls] short on both charm and laughs (…) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Tim Grierson
"A strained action-comedy with a clever premise but maddeningly uninspired execution (...) Part of the problem is that neither actor is particularly convincing in what should be tailor-made roles"  NEG
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Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"[It] just isn’t funny (...) 'Stuber' tries hard to be an action-comedy for the post-modern era but, ultimately, it fails to stick to the route (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
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Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"There is very little chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani (...) The dialogue really does sound a bit pedestrian (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"The gags are speedy, undemanding and indecently funny (...) They don’t make them like they used to. Have a laugh while you’re able (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
"Though both Nanjiani and Bautista have great timing and have an excellent rapport most of the jokes just don’t land (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
Norman Wilner
Now Toronto
"It’s unlikely to linger long in anyone’s memory, but as a summer-movie diversion it certainly scratches an itch."  NEU
Wenlei Ma
"It’s riddled with plotholes and makes no logical sense (...) 'Stuber' is a lumbering, tired and dumb comedy (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
Sean McDonald
"As a mindless action/comedy vehicle, the pairing of Bautista and Nanjiani injects enough life and laughs to keep this extended Uber commercial going"  NEU
Daniel Rutledge
"The best thing about 'Stuber' is the two leads (...) Both have buckets of charisma and charm (...) What lets 'Stuber' down is the script (...) A lot of the plot points don’t make sense (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
"The script soon exhausts the humorous possibilities to be found in Stu's compulsion to behave like an exemplary Uber driver (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
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