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Ryan Reynolds' new movie Free Guy rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds' hotly anticipated new movie Free Guy has had its score revealed on Rotten Tomatoes, entering the rankings at an impressive 83 per cent.

Free Guy follows a non-player character (NPC) in a video game who begins to question his own reality and becomes aware that he's living in a video game. The film follows his journey as he teams up with another NPC to try and destroy the game.

Alongside Reynolds, it also stars Killing Eve's Jodie Comer and Jojo Rabbit's Taika Waititi. Entering Rotten Tomatoes' revered rankings today, it received 34 'Fresh' scores from critics, and just seven 'Rotten' scores.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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Digital Spy was among the outlets to get a sneak preview of the new movie, calling it “a hilarious and inventive blockbuster, boosted by a supremely likeable cast, that delivers plenty of surprises along the way.”

Below is a sample of the reviews for Free Guy so far.

Digital Spy

Guy is our guide in the strange and often-violent (but blood-free) world of Free City, with Ryan Reynolds playing him as a mix of Emmet from The Lego Movie and Truman in The Truman Show. It's a performance largely shorn of the wisecracks and cynicism of Deadpool as Guy is essentially a blank slate who starts to feel things, and Reynolds' charisma shines through to make Guy a hero we can all get behind.


Free Guy is a cleverly programmed wedding of star (Ryan Reynolds) and subject matter, in a movie that's silly, handsome-looking and a great deal of fun, in roughly inverse proportion to how much one sweats the details.

Total Film

Warm and witty, Free Guy is expertly crafted disposable fun. And right now, that feels essential.

Photo credit: Craig Barritt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Craig Barritt - Getty Images

The Hollywood Reporter

Reynolds' boundless appeal, the frequently witty screenplay and expertly rendered technical aspects make the film enjoyable summer frivolity.

The Guardian

Free Guy isn't going to have many MA theses written about it, but it has entertainment value.


Any film that feels this focus-grouped to death should be legally required to work, and Free Guy does.

USA Today

Free Guy is a big, warm hug of a movie with plenty to love, even if you're not super into bubble gum ice cream, swing sets and vintage Mariah Carey like Ryan Reynolds' goodhearted title character.

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Photo credit: YouTube


Free Guy is a lot of fun, despite the fact that Levy and the screenwriters seem to be changing the rules as they go.


Qualifies as a summer blockbuster with something mildly compelling to say; not the most articulate or substantial in its exploration of its most interesting ideas, to be sure, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet

It's Tron for the Xbox generation with the existential questions of Total Recall and The Matrix. It's a love letter to video games, but one that believes the players can expect more and demand more, both from games, from each other and from life.

Free Guy is out in UK cinemas from August 13 and US cinemas from August 10.

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