30 Minutes or Less Reviews

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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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 14, 2011
It's funny, clever and pacy to a fault, and the script more than satisfies its quota of decent zings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 22, 2011
It never reconciles the meticulous intelligence needed to build the weaponry and the monstrous stupidity needed to use it.
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 12, 2011
The dark, biting comedy often strays into territory that can be categorized as politically incorrect, but the result is funny, engaging, and at times a little disconcerting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 12, 2011
The movie belongs to Ansari, who steals nearly every scene he is in with his jangly, nervous intensity.
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2011
It's a bit like the Three Stooges on crack -- nutty, loud, profane and full of laughs. It won't change your life and it might hurt your ears, but it should keep you smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2011
In a year lousy with badly written movies filled with phallic fixations, it's a relief to watch one that is happy to be rude good fun without excessive raunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2011
From the premise to the performances, everything and everybody just seems to be trying way too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 12, 2011
One of the great disappointments of my cinematic year so far.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 12, 2011
The film's running time and sudden ending suggest a desperate last-minute edit to cut anything that wasn't working. They stopped too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2011
For a soul-sucking 83 minutes, you're trapped inside the film's tiny, ugly mind.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 12, 2011
"30 Minutes or Less" may be tasteless, moronic and lacking in any redeeming social value whatsoever. But for me, at least, it was gut-bustingly funny -- perhaps this waning summer season's ultimate guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 12, 2011
Beholding Eisenberg in Fleischer's relentlessly vulgar and un-funny "30 Minutes or Less" is akin to watching a ring-tested champion punch far below his weight. What a comedown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2011
Either it goes for a particular tone and doesn't achieve it. Or it does achieve a tone that's not really worth striving for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 11, 2011
30 Minutes wallows in stupidity without making the bromance bonds believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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August 11, 2011
At a mere 83 minutes, 30 Minutes or Less might seem able to deliver on the promise of its zippy title. Instead, this slackers-go-gangsta comedy demonstrates that less than 90 minutes can be a very long time.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 11, 2011
How disappointing to see Oscar-nominated Jesse Eisenberg and his "Zombieland" director, Ruben Fleischer, reunited in a low-rent slob comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 11, 2011
The movie claims to be only 83 minutes long, but it's the longest 83 minutes to come along in quite awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 11, 2011
The only consistent laughs come from Michael Peña's eccentric hired killer, the movie's one character who seems like someone we haven't seen a million times before.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 11, 2011
Sometimes a rude and crude comedy is simply scraping the bottom of the barrel, despite the efforts of a talent like Mr. Eisenberg and of second bananas like Mr. Ansari and Mr. Swardson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 11, 2011
30 Minutes or Less is all about the zigzagging rush of the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 11, 2011
A darkly comic underachiever that manages to charm almost in spite of itself, Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less" is probably best watched as it was made: without much evident effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 11, 2011
It has a miserable start - well, it has a miserable middle, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2011
The movie ends up being just sharp enough at its peaks to be frustrating in its valleys. But the laughs are there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 11, 2011
Something similar actually happened once, but the result wasn't funny. Neither is "30 Minutes or Less," although it smirks like it thinks so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 11, 2011
I had decent hopes for this high-concept, low-brow comedy; those hopes were quickly dashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 11, 2011
I ran out of patience, even by August standards, way before the movie was over.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 11, 2011
A film that climaxes with a trade-off in a junkyard has a rich appreciation for the clichés of the action-comedy genre, but 30 Minutes Or Less is ultimately so muddled and slight that's it's hard to ascertain what the filmmakers were thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 11, 2011
If only it were 30 minutes or less.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 11, 2011
None of this crackles with the kind of breezy, madcap hilarity that it should; it's actually rather tortured and convoluted.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 10, 2011
30 Minutes or Less is slight and not exactly memorable, but it moves quickly and has some surprising twists and top-notch performances all around. Not bad for a disposable late-summer comedy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 10, 2011
The film wallows in such abject stupidity for big chunks of time that the talents of such actors as Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are largely wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 10, 2011
30 Minutes shouldn't work. But it does. A stoner movie without the spliff smoke, it's proudly, sexually lewd with no cushion of boyish sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 10, 2011
It's hard to hate a movie that affectionately references the oeuvre of Kathryn Bigelow (both The Hurt Locker and Point Break!) and uses a whiny Third Eye Blind ballad as an acidic punch line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 8, 2011
It's punchy, nasty, laugh-out-loud-funny stuff that doesn't flag or wear out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 5, 2011
Clocking in at a mercifully short 83 minutes, pic spares us the endless ad-libbing, but isn't nearly as tight as its title implies.
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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.