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22 Jump Street Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 19, 2014
This sequel to the hit action comedy 21 Jump Street is better all around: the pacing is more consistent, the sight gags more imaginative, the self-referential jokes sharper.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 18, 2014
22 Jump Street is hardly fresh, but the picture has enough energy to get by.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
June 14, 2014
22 Jump Street is pretty much the exact same movie as 21 Jump Street. It knows it, you know it, and it knows that you know it. And that is why it's brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 13, 2014
Self-referential irony is hardly a new gimmick, having served as the underlying premise for such franchises as Scream and Austin Powers, but rarely has it been indulged with such fervor.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 13, 2014
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's second-best film of the year (behind The Lego Movie).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 13, 2014
Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are themselves impressive partners at this point) know enough not to mess with a successful formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
June 13, 2014
22 Jump Street has the same writers and directors as the first film. But it's not smart this time as much as it is clever, and that cleverness tips into spottiness and cynical self-congratulation.
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Sean Fitz-Gerald
Denver Post
June 13, 2014
Jump Street knows you know about the predictability and cheapness of sequels and rip-offs -- and in this case, to avoid the downfalls of other summer comedy sagas, embracing that problem might have been the best move for this absurd, unique franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2014
Though I enjoyed enormously this latest offering in the rebooted Jump franchise, it's the effortless, unexpected bromance/partnership between the two unlikely undercover cops is what makes this franchise work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2014
There's something going on at the edges of the frame in practically every scene of 22 Jump Street, a testament to the care and attention to detail directors Lord and Miller bring to this potentially silly material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 13, 2014
They get to poke fun at sequels and simultaneously make sequel money, which is a great frigging gig if you ask me.
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Courtney Shea
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2014
That Stoner No. 3 from Knocked Up and the tank top from Step Up have become Hollywood's freshest comedy duo is impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 13, 2014
At what point is sarcasm just a cheap substitute for wit? Exactly when does joking about how all sequels are just lame, repetitive cash-grabs start to suggest that maybe yours is, too? Actually, in this case, about 40 minutes in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2014
There's no real reason "22 Jump Street" should work. Yet it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2014
Does the meta-acknowledgment that everyone's in it for the bucks give a purposefully dopey sequel more cred? ... You bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2014
This sequel's spoof of its predecessor's riff on the original 1980s-era buddy-cop TV show coalesces into a raucous, raunchy, irreverent, imperfect riot.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 12, 2014
Lord and Miller are on a roll, and there may be no better moviemakers at playing to our modern need for irony - at giving us the entertainment we crave while acknowledging our distrust of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 12, 2014
If it seemed Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill couldn't possibly exceed their over-the-top buddy cop antics of 21 Jump Street, you lost that bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 12, 2014
What separates 22 Jump Street from sequel mediocrity is that everyone's in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 12, 2014
Remember that feeling when you realized The Hangover II was A sequel that has as many laughs as a Texas spring has tornadoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 12, 2014
Like its stars, "Jump Street" gets extra credit for getting by on charm while sticking to the rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 12, 2014
Enjoyably light on its feet, even when it's self-consciously treading old ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2014
It works well enough, more often than not, though heightened levels of raunch and chaos seem not so much meta as frantic.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2014
It's the sequel to end all sequels. The only problem: It's so irresistibly funny it'll probably spawn a trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 12, 2014
22 Jump Street may be the most arbitrary sequel since Bad Boys II. If it's not the worst, that's strictly because of Channing Tatum.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 12, 2014
The movie is crammed with jokes about how bad sequels are. And guess what? Exactly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 12, 2014
An exploding piņata of gags, pratfalls, winking asides, throwaway one-liners and self-reflexive waggery.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2014
"22 Jump Street" is exactly what comedy is today. It's coarse, free-flowing and playful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 12, 2014
A self-aware sequel has to hop over hurdles to keep from swallowing its own tail, but the sharp writing and tag-team antics lift "22 Jump Street" to a high level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 12, 2014
22 Jump Street is damn funny, sometimes outrageously so. It laughs at its own dumb logic and invites us in on the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2014
A brazen sequel that's both slightly disappointing and a reliable, often riotous "laffer" in the old Variety trade-magazine parlance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 12, 2014
Nearly two hours of rationalizing repetition, even by winking at it, can get wearying.
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June 12, 2014
Ironically, 22 Jump Street is kept together by the formula it ceaselessly mocks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2014
What makes it all work is the chemistry between Hill and Tatum, which in turn, of course, is a rich source of the film's humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 12, 2014
A genial class clown of a movie.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 11, 2014
Hill and Tatum make a classic and highly successful comedy team, balancing a series of amiable running gags and the most familiar kind of slapstick.
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
June 11, 2014
Hill and Tatum ... have a Laurel-and-Hardy-like implausible chemistry that keeps you laughing pretty much no matter what they're doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 11, 2014
What's the difference between "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street"? Same as the difference between getting a 21 and a 22 at blackjack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 11, 2014
"22 Jump Street" realizes its main goal is to be ridiculously fun and that to do so it must be utterly ridiculous, as well as in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 11, 2014
This is the ultimate meta movie. The repetition is exactly the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2014
Hill's neurotic-motormouth act and Tatum's lovable-lunkhead shtick still shoot giddy sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
June 8, 2014
...this will be the most "meta" movie ever made...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
June 5, 2014
Tatum is, predictably, adorable. His Jenko is a pumped-up naïf bumbling through life with a crooked smile, and Hill again makes a great sparring partner.
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Inkoo Kang
TheWrap
June 3, 2014
If 22 isn't as trim and tight as its predecessor, it's certainly smarter and more heartfelt. Whether this sequel is better than the original is up for debate, but the franchise has definitely grown up.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 3, 2014
For once, cranking out a play-it-safe sequel yields something satisfying.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 3, 2014
There's enough goodwill to balance out the clunky bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 3, 2014
Sticks snugly to the prior film's winning formula, mining the resultant doublings and repetitions for maximum absurdist hilarity.