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Cop Out (2010)


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 129

Critics Consensus: Cop Out is a cliched buddy action/comedy that suffers from stale gags and slack pacing.

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: Cop Out is a cliched buddy action/comedy that suffers from stale gags and slack pacing.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 488,643


Movie Info

Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan team up for the Warner Bros. police buddy movie Cop Out in this Kevin Smith-directed production. From a script by Robb and Mark Cullen, the story centers around police detectives Jimmy (Willis), a no-B.S. divorced dad, and Paul (Morgan), a crazy-talking loose cannon. Despite nine years as partners, the two lawmen can still sometimes seem like polar opposites -- especially when Paul's unpredictable antics get them suspended without pay. Already strapped for cash and … More

R (for pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality)
Directed By:
Written By:
Mark Cullen , Robb Cullen
In Theaters:
Jul 20, 2010
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Cop Out

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (129) | DVD (6)

Joyless, pointless, humorless.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

[A] pitifully unfunny 'hommage' to '80s action comedies.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Smith certainly does his thing here, delivering a film that's part celebration and part parody of the well-worn genre.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

It just wants to remind audiences of something they've enjoyed before, like looking at an old photo album.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Cop Out is a little too well-shot to be full-on cheesy and too much a redux to be, well, as fresh as Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

An unholy mess.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Top Critic

Smith's love of long takes where people talk about nothing in particular just isn't right for this movie.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Cop Out is marvelously juvenile, not just in its typical situation comedy and sight gags, but from its ability (even desire) to frequently bring its plot to a shuddering halt so its characters can engage in a few minutes of quiet ridiculousness.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Even if many of the jokes in Cop Out aren't all that funny, Smith's facility with crude wordplay is what he salvages from this huge mess of a film.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

O roteiro estúpido só não se revela pior do que a direção amadora de Smith, que, também assinando a montagem, não consegue criar lógica ou estabelecer ritmo algum, demonstrando que ainda não aprendeu nem o básico da profissão depois de tantos anos.

February 27, 2011
Cinema em Cena

Cop Out feels like a pilot lost without 20 or so episodes to follow it up.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010

A half-baked concept halfheartedly executed.

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As something of a Kevin Smith fan, this mostly hurt to watch.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Projection Booth

Willis and Morgan are a devilishly delightful down and dirty detective duo, as Kevin Smith releases their combo inner zany outlaws in a kind of Clerks with badges.

Full Review… | July 24, 2010
NewsBlaze looks as though everyone in the film had a better time making it than the audience has watching it.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Once you've boogied out to Harold Faltermeyer's self-parodic "Axel F"-style music, it's all downhill from there. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | July 19, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Ultimately, there are hints that Cop Out was supposed to be something smarter and less lazy, but no-one involved seems to be able to counter the truly terrible script.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Digital Spy

It could have been a match made in heaven. The snake in the garden is a tired script from Rob and Mark Cullen, which purports to "spoof" Eighties buddy movies (Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, etc) but lacks any real brain power of its own.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
This is London

Trying to make up for a lack of genuine wit, this film adopts a frenetic pace with a constant stream of jokes and action. The result is watchable, occasionally funny and instantly forgettable.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

Seann William Scott provides some amusing moments as irrepressible thief Dave but they are few and far between.

Full Review… | May 24, 2010
Daily Express

The whole enterprise plays out like a bad, dumbed-down US version of Hot Fuzz, or Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, minus Robert Downey Jr and the meticulously structured verbal riffs.

Full Review… | May 24, 2010

It's just not very funny -- despite the all-too-apparent struggle to deliver verbal fireworks, there's something immovably sluggish and inert about it.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010

Cop Out marks a new low which is really saying something given that Smith's the man behind Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Jersey Girl.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

Whilst Smith uses crash zooms and slow motion to evoke the likes of Michael Bay, it just feels clumsy and drawn-out.

May 20, 2010
Little White Lies

Kev, get thee to a typewriter. You're so much better than this.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Cop Out


Hmmmm this film tries way too hard to be a cool violent buddy cop flick, well basically the next Lethal Weapon franchise methinks. It falls way short of the mark in all areas to be honest.

I didn't really find it funny, it just seemed so forced and to eager to result to bad language to try and make things funnier. There isn't much action, well anything to shout about anyway and well its all been done before but much much better, not even close to 'Beverly Hills Cop', '48 Hours', 'Lethal Weapon' or even 'Red Heat', I could go on. Cast wise Tracy Morgan is basically a fat Chris Tucker and nowhere near as good where as Willis is just Willis as in most of his other action flicks, in my opinion he doesn't do comedy too well mainly because he's a bald plank of wood with a set number of facial expressions.

Cop out? yes it is, don't bother, nowhere near Die Hard standards on action and nowhere near the above mentioned buddy cop flick standards on comedy, plus zero originality.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I guess Kevin Smith is done making good films.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Paul: I'll fuck a little kid up if he punches me in the dick.

'Cop Out' is the "one we do not speak of", according to the many fans of Kevin Smith, who to this date insult this film. I don't particularly agree with these peoples opinions, because I quite liked 'Cop Out'. It's not a masterpiece or anything, but I laughed a whole lot and found the characters reasonably likable. My gripe with this is the plot, which is plain stupid. The whole "Mexican drug dealers" has been done countless times, and while I appreciate some new ideas that Smith incorporated, I couldn't get into this plot. I did like the actors a lot, particularly Morgan and Willis, who produce some pretty great laughs, but the lazy script (not by Smith), brings a lot of the films potential from great to average. However many people bombard 'Cop Out', I still, to this date find it fun to watch, as I'm sure many people do.

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Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

I feel like I wanted to laugh, but yet it almost felt like Tracy Morgan did most his jokes on a blue screen and Bruce Willis shot his parts in a different part of America. Its was OK.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

Cop Out Quotes

You just shot down the wrong mother fucker 'mother fucker'.
– Submitted by John B (2 years ago)
Why did you smack me?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (3 years ago)
Fuckin' monocle wearin' mother fucker.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
This is the stuff that my mom would tell friends about me, 'My son is genius, my son is a genius'.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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