21 Jump Street Reviews

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Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
January 8, 2013

Given the broad drama of the series, their movie should be full of big ideas, and instead settles for redundant gags involving drugs, guns, and high school cliques.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 15, 2012

Much of the humor involves trotting out cliches from cop movies and teen movies, then commenting on how dumb they are.

Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 14, 2012

Mediocre jokes built around recycled ideas.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
McClatchy-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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
March 14, 2012

Yes, there are laughs to be had here, but I wonder whether it might be more amusing to watch episodes of the old TV show.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 18, 2012

Maybe I'm just getting too old for this shit.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 16, 2012

Adheres to the rule that every TV show is subject to a cinematic rendering, regardless of the strength of its stories, appeal of its characters, or extent of its following.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
March 14, 2012

If Hill keeps signing on for half-hearted romps into the realm of idiocy like The Sitter and 21 Jump Street, he's going to get shoved aside by whatever chubby comic wunderkind is lurking behind him.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
March 20, 2012

21 Jump Street is a cockamamie movie. It's as rowdy as a dick joke. After the 21st dick joke, I wanted to jump off. And after the dick jokes there's a load of excrement jokes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012

Interchangeable with dozens of other "dude" comedies that have come before it.

Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
March 14, 2012

Its two leads possess amusing chemistry but this smug and ultimately disappointing revamp never manages to strike the right note between action and comedy.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012

There is a frantic highway chase, a high-voltage gunfight and the obligatory chaotic party; those elements plus the pimple squeezing fun of high school clashes make 21 Jump Street the movie we had to have when the TV series should have been enough

Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 14, 2012

It's lazily content to raise laughs through 4-letter words and penis jokes. In other words, it has absolutely no ambition, so that eventually even the efforts of its lead actors amount to very little.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012

A floppy cross of high-school movie and buddy-cop comedy. Overdoses on flaccid penis and vagina 'jokes,' indulges in the ain't-this-cool?!ness of a cop-action flick, and passes out on the cliché-couch of bromance.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 18, 2012

A scattershot hodgepodge of scatological and penile humor, "21 Jump Street" owes less to Johnny Depp's 1987 television launch pad series than it does to a mentality of lowest common denominator.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
March 15, 2012

Frenetic and loud can be funny on its own. But it requires either the finesse to be smart about playing stupid or sheer, balls-out craziness. Disappointingly, this has a hard time choosing between destinations and takes too long to find its way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2012

Strained and crass comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: C
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
June 23, 2012

For an action comedy, "21 Jump Street" had less action or comedy than I expected. It felt as if I spent too much time waiting for something to happen-either for a joke to fire, or a pistol.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012

An unlikely (but funny) return to high school

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
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