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End of Watch (2012)

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85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 143 | Rotten: 25

End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.

86

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 6

End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.

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From the writer of Training Day, End of Watch is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peņa star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country's most dangerous drug cartel. -- (C) Open Road

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David Ayer

Jan 22, 2013

$41.0M

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Ayer and his cast appear to have so convincingly nailed the way these characters talk and act that you might not even notice the film slipping from workaday grit into out-and-out myth.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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The actors, both excellent, get right into Ayer's groove. So by the time we arrive at the unsparing climax, we really know and care about these guys.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The performances here are so sharp that viewers may wish End of Watch has been shot by someone who knew how to find the right point of view for a scene and leave it there.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Intermittently enjoyable but incredibly frustrating.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Jumpy and exciting.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (7)
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End of Watch plays a lot like Colors for the YouTube generation.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

A visceral and strangely gripping story of police brotherhood.

July 28, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

This Jake Gyllenhaal buddy/cop drama features some of the best on-screen banter in years.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Deeply affecting, powerful film that's a thrilling experience. Highly recommended.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

It's time to ride along with the LAPD through South Central, but this is no "Adam 12″. It's a realistic roller-coaster ride told with hand-held cameras and other devices.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

David Ayer's End of Watch is an unflinching cop drama that uses the handheld approach to heighten the drama and escalate the tension.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

What gives it life are the performances of Gyllenhaal and Peņa. They emerge as beacons of friendship in a bleak world of barred windows, barking dogs and strutting gangsters.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

It leaves you wondering -- who is filming the Gyllenhaal/Anna Kendrick love scenes?

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Nicely balanced between savage violence and sweet human interactions, and it whips along at a brisk pace.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Reason Online
Reason Online

The street characters are played by a remarkable panoply of real-life types who speak in a thrilling, totally believable patois.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Planning on shooting your next movie handheld? Hoping for that realism dividend? Please read this first.

November 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

A strong sense of camaraderie sets this edgy police thriller apart from the crowd. And it's also a change of direction for writer-director David Ayer, who has explored the dark side of police corruption in Training Day, Harsh Times and Street Kings.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Both actors are first rate, their friendship palpable, their professional conduct (tempered by practical joking and youthful bravado) convincing.

November 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If I was a big-city American policeman watching this, I would also wonder just whose side Ayer is on. I'd be more nervous about going to the work the next day. Not less.

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Ayers's warmest film to date finds meaning and depth in its "I love you, man" exchanges and rarely goes too long without staging some daring detective work and videogame ultraviolence.

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

One to watch, but through narrowed eyes.

November 23, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for End of Watch

There is a good story lying somewhere within this frustratingly misjudged drama. The cliches come thick and fast, it seems once you've seen one LA cop portrayed in the movies, you've seen them all. Some scenes are better than others, some are particularly intense and of quality but each one is let down by the following scene that is either filled with misguided comedy or dire dialogue. I like both Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peņa but neither ever convince in their roles as cops, neither do the other actors for that matter. The ending of the film is just plain abysmal, ruining any bit of quality the film had already achieved. Can we have something new please?
March 10, 2014
SirPant

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End of Watch doesn't do anything new, and what it does do has been done better. David Ayer supposedly spent only six days writing the script and it shows, merely creating the basic elements of a safe, cohesive, and marketable plot. Ayers, known for his shrill, marketable approach to filmmaking, chose the trendy documentary-style cinematography, which is supposed to increase the realism or believability of the "footage." Here, it consistently does the opposite and ends up a jumbled mess of first-person and third-person perspectives. Ayers needed a reason why our protagonist cop is carrying a camera, and conveniently has him enrolled in a film class. Are the gang bangers in film class, too? One of the them films themselves and the crew in the car as they heatedly argue -- with guns pointed at each other -- over plans to kill police officers. The other kicker is that the gang's leader yells to get the camera out of his face, while little does he know there are at least 3 more in the car that none of them are even aware of. Yes, Ayers betrays his own movie, as not only does the "amateur" footage look produced, but the majority of the movie is in 3rd person with cameras not present in the story. All that is really accomplished here is 10 minutes of the movie filled with characters complaining about being filmed. Readers would be better served watching any two episodes of The Wire, even if they've already been seen.
July 20, 2013
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

I almost turned this off after the first half hour, but I am glad that I stuck it out. I found it a decent story. A thriller at times. Full of good performances, but also relies on typical stereotypes of Mexican gang bangers. Nothing terribly new, and I wasn't really sure why they decided to end it the way they did. All in all, though, worth watching..
May 27, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Brian Taylor: Come on, man. We're cops. Everybody wants to kill us, Tre.

"Every Moment of Your Life They Stand Watch"

End of Watch is a hard hitting, gritty, and well made cop thriller directed with intensity by David Ayer and boasts two great performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, as best friends and partners. The film is shot like a documentary in order to make it feel more real. It certainly does have a very realistic feel to it the whole way. There's parts that are disturbing, violent, and down right gruesome, but at the heart of the film is always the friendship between two fellow cops.

Brian and Mike are two cops working in a heavily gang and drug influenced part of LA. They also love their jobs. They love saving lives, taking out the bad guys, and life threatening situations have become the routine for them. However, their fire and gusto may prove to get them into trouble once they start messing with an extremely powerful cartel working out of LA. 

A lot of the movie is basically us watching the two cops as they go about their watches. We watch them take calls and go into situations not knowing what's going to happen when they arrive on the scene. One of the cops, Brian, is taking a film class, so he is documenting everything they do on the job. He carries around a camera when he's able to, and him and his partner also have mini cameras on their uniforms.

This movie proved to be a little more emotional than I would have ever thought. It's a movie that uses all the excitement and joking between the two to really show that these guys think they are bullet proof, fire proof, and any other type of proof. Overall, this is just about as good as a beat cop movie can be. It really is excellent filmmaking.
May 24, 2013
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Melvin White

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    1. Officer Zavala: Have you tried the new flavor of coffee?The baristas are excellent.
    – Submitted by Sean R (45 days ago)
    1. Officer Taylor: It must've been a little uncomfortable 'round the folks after that.
    – Submitted by Sean R (45 days ago)
    1. Officer Taylor: Who left their shaving cream on the table?
    – Submitted by Sean R (45 days ago)
    1. Officer Zavala: I hope they enjoy our police service!
    – Submitted by Erik T (3 months ago)
    1. Officer Zavala: Admit it, you'd hit that shit.
    2. Officer Taylor: Orozco?
    3. Officer Zavala: Yeah.
    4. Officer Taylor: With a cinderblock.
    – Submitted by Rolf J (14 months ago)
    1. Officer Zavala: Marriage is a promise before God.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (16 months ago)
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