30 Minutes or Less (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's sporadically funny and it benefits from a talented cast, but 30 Minutes or Less suffers from a disjointed narrative, and too often mistakes crude gags for true lowbrow humor.

Movie Info

In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own … More

Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Diliberti, Matthew Sullivan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 29, 2011
Box Office: $37.1M
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Critic Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (41)

The film contains a remarkable level of violence, yet never establishes a tone that would make it seem funny or truly shocking; the jokes flounder in an air of half-hearted spite.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I guess it goes down easy enough, however bland and familiar. Kind of like a cheap pizza. Remember to tip your driver.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Jesse Eisenberg goes from the smartest guy in the room in 'The Social Network' to the most gullible dork in the pizzeria.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

There's too much cheese, but there are still enough amusing action beats and funny one-liners to let one say "30 Minutes or Less" delivers, more or less on time.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Tribune News Service

30 Minutes Or Less has enough of both action and comedy to appeal to multiple demographics, and as far as crude comedies go it's a fun watch.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
We Got This Covered

This is a breezy, fun, and funny film that doesn't waste any time in getting its story told by propelling its characters into one crazy situation after another.

Full Review… | September 19, 2012

Audience Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less


This movie is so simple and so stupidly funny, that it is entertaining. I enjoyed every second of it. Despite its very clear flaws the movie's strongest points are also its weakest. The movie is choppy, crude, stupid, random, and I loved it.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

The film has it's funny spots, but really does falter under the crude attempt to make it funnier than anticipated. 30 Minutes or Less provided loose chemistry among its duo of protagonists and antagonists regardless of the starpower. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

"30 Minutes or Less" is a mixed bag to be sure, but it's also short and pretty sweet. The film's nimble running time definitely works in it's favor. There's some awkward dialogue here, and a flat scene there... but you also get a great comedic bank heist scene, a great extended cameo from Michael Pena, and Danny McBride's impeccable delivery (and all in under 80 minutes. Eisenberg and Ansari are pretty good too). As far as a good rental goes, you can't go wrong with this one.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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