30 Minutes or Less Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Jesse Eisenberg goes from the smartest guy in the room in 'The Social Network' to the most gullible dork in the pizzeria.
Full Review | Original Score: D
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
August 11, 2011
That Ruben Fleischer lacks a discernible directorial identity is one reason the film will likely skip right out of your memory within the titular timeframe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Meghan Keane
New York Observer
August 17, 2011
Probably has the approximate cultural staying power of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Seth Colter Walls
Village Voice
August 9, 2011
Like his latest, Fleischer's Zombieland borrowed plenty of genre tropes, but paid them back with a self-aware wink. 30 Minutes or Less just takes the money and runs.
Grae Drake
Movies.com
August 19, 2011
Even with all these talented performers, I was left with no sympathy for Nick's predicament -- the movie was way more painful than whatever he went through
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
September 16, 2011
Puerile, irritating and insultingly phallocentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Thom Atkinson
The Skinny
September 15, 2011
Razor sharp editing keeps an extremely tight pace, but the wasted, non-rhythmic R-rated dialogue and an ensemble cast of morons leaves no-one to root for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2011
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.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 12, 2011
A Beavis and Butt-Head-style bank robbery comedy that leaves you longing for the intelligence and sophistication of a bachelor party in Bangkok.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 13, 2011
30 Minutes or Less is a pretty good description of what works in this 83-minute potty-mouthed action-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 16, 2011
It's a pity that debut screenwriter Michael Diliberti could not think of any better ways in which to try to make the audience laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
September 14, 2011
For every good line, there are at least five that fail to connect because they are too crude, sexist, racist or just unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2011
Moral of the story: If you occupy the demographic that this film is aimed at, Hollywood doesn't have a very high opinion of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 12, 2011
This is disappointing news, given that the director of this sputter-rev-sputter ride is Ruben Fleischer​ and that nattering Jesse Eisenberg stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 11, 2011
The only consistent laughs come from Michael Peņa's eccentric hired killer, the movie's one character who seems like someone we haven't seen a million times before.
Leo Robson
Financial Times
September 15, 2011
It all goes horribly wrong, with the characters and the audience united in anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 12, 2011
It's plausible, crude, and fashionably grim - so why isn't it funnier?
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 12, 2011
A mostly bland crime comedy that only occasionally feels fresher or more memorable than that cold pizza you scarfed for breakfast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 6, 2011
The film seemed to move at a good pace, but was not something I would care to see again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2011
Even if the film had been 30 minutes or less, this comedy would still be too long.
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