21 Jump Street Reviews

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Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 29, 2012
Feels like it's doing something new with the teen genre, while still acknowledging its debt to the classics that came before it.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
t's less fun when the guns come out in the final act, but there's a moment late in the game that redeems the movie's predictable beats, before the whole thing dissolves into entropy and disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
21 Jump Street is nothing like the original series. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have a great chemistry and the strong beginning and ending do a pretty good job disguising the flabby middle. It's crass, self effacing, 'meta', stupidity and it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 21, 2012
Clever, profane and action-packed, '21 Jump Street' fairly leaps onto the big screen as one of the most enjoyable movies of the (still-admittedly young) year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
April 20, 2012
A high-water mark for recent mainstream comedies. Consistently amusing and frequently uproarious.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 16, 2012
Raunchy and profane by design, nothing like the 80s TV show, nonetheless hilarious adult comedy - especially the first hour or so.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 11, 2012
Yes, some of the movie's funny bits were in the trailer. After all, they were trying to get you to buy a ticket. But, this is one of the rare comedies that delivers even more than promised.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
April 4, 2012
The best comedy to be released so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
April 1, 2012
I'm as surprised as you that this film could end up being the funniest of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 28, 2012
Lord and Miller mine the script... for plenty of profane laughs as they set up Hill and Tatum as a hilariously off-kilter comedy duo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 28, 2012
...it doesn't help, either, that large chunks of the film have been improvised wholesale by the various actors, which only exacerbates the film's excessively slapdash feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 26, 2012
The late-eighties TV series is rebooted with jolts of sentiment, personal discovery, and wild comedy.
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
March 25, 2012
... latest in endless slew of painful spoofs based on TV shows takes an OK premise and milks it for an occasional chuckle before devolving into a succession of increasingly lame sketches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
They know it's a joke. But like high school itself, 21 Jump Street hits the wall about halfway in and even prom night can't save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
March 23, 2012
The humor squeezes just about all the giggle juice it can get out of the R rating. If you need a movie map, this 21 Jump Street is on the FAR side of town from Sesame Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 23, 2012
by no means a great comedy, but it does demonstrate that playing against the grain can be a good move, especially when the people in charge have run out of ideas
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
An unlikely (but funny) return to high school
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
March 22, 2012
It doesn't matter if you never saw the original, because this movie is a clever, fast-paced, action comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2012
A good-natured must-see for fans of broad, silly comedies with a little something under the surface too. Bright, breezy and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 21, 2012
It is funny because it is pointed and smart, and it is also funny because it is unusually crass, but the chief takeaway here should be that it is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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