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New Ride Along 2 movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Universal Pictures released their new comedy/action flick, “Ride Along 2,” into theaters today, January 15th, 2016, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics in the biz. It turns out that most of them just didn’t like it, giving it an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 score across 24 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Benjamin Bratt, Bruce McGill, Ice Cube, Ken Jeong, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn and Tika Sumpter. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics,below.

A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a less than mediocre 50 score, saying: “This franchise is lucky to have Kevin Hart in that role, and his manic comic energy is enough to make the sequel something other than a complete waste of time. But the genre is also stubbornly innovation-proof, and there’s not much new to see here.”

Tom Russo over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “You’ll have to be satisfied with a modest assortment of energetically comic moments here, because the story sure isn’t a reason to catch this encore, and neither are who-asked-for-’em cast additions such as Ken Jeong.”

Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 50 score. He said: “Ride Along 2 is the movie equivalent of a cover band. We’ve seen it all before, and often in much better films.”

Kevin P. Sullivan over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “Ride Along 2, which moves the action from Atlanta to Miami, plays more like a remake than a sequel.”

Frank Scheck over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 score. He said: “With a storyline less challenging than that of a typical CBS crime procedural, Ride Along 2 is little more than a repetitive rehash of the original.”

Susan Wloszczyna over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: “One of the loudest laughs arrives when we get to enjoy a scowling James re-imagined as a game character. Points for greater diversity in the cast as well, but, if there is a second sequel in the offing, please allow the women to be more than the sum of their body parts.”

Stephanie Merry from the Washington Post, gave it a 37 grade, saying: “The plot is paint by numbers, which puts pressure on the comedy to deliver. But it doesn’t.”

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a 30 grade. He stated: “The film’s most genuinely funny moment involves A.J.’s ringtones, which should perhaps come as no surprise — the stakes, and the laughs, are so small that Ride Along 2 was apparently designed to be watched on your phone.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 score, stating: “It’s a formula movie, which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, except that it’s a sort of bad version of itself.”

Stephen Whitty at the New York Daily News, gave it an awful 20 grade. He said: “Pretty as Bratt and Munn are, they’re not distracting enough to cover up for the screaming Hart and grating Jeong, who seem to be in a race to see who can play a more annoying character. In the end, it’s a tie — they both win.”

Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 20 score, saying: “Another tired, witless and potentially lucrative attempt to spin an exhausted buddy-cop template into action-comedy gold.”

Kyle Smith over at the New York Post, gave it an extremely bad 12 grade, claiming: “To call Ride Along 2 rubbish is unfair to rubbish, which at some point had a purpose.” Stay tuned.

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