• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Ayer
    In Theaters:
    Sep 21, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 22, 2013
  • Open Road Films


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End of Watch Reviews

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Grant Rollings
Sun Online

Writer and director David Ayer has created a pair of real, untainted heroes - which makes this a rare cinematic treat you have to watch. End of.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 5/5

November 22, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The two leading performances are exemplary in their honesty and good-heartedness, with Gyllenhaal in particular showing why he's a star.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Srong on character and atmosphere but weak on story and excitement.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

Despite the violence and procedural detail, this is about as gritty as Dixon of Dock Green.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Some fiction movies knock politely on the door to gain attention, others kick it in.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2012
Matthew Turner

Gripping, impressively shot cop thriller that comes across as the nice guy version of The Shield, thanks to a strong script and a pair of terrific performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Its spiky authenticity and blunt moral power feel unimpeachable.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

visual vibrancy always trumps verisimilitude - shakicam's reality effects are repeatedly problematised by the question of which character is filming what at any given time, especially when the answer, at least sometimes, would appear to be 'no one'.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

November 22, 2012
Rich Phippen
Sky Movies

It's David Ayer's attempt to breath life into a heavily run-down formula. And it works.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2012
Siobhan Synnot

There's nothing very new or profound in End Of Watch, and yet that doesn't mean there's nothing to see.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2012
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine

It's a collection of cop-movie clichés but presented with sufficient flair and strong performances that the ride is enough, even if it's on rails.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2012
Hannah McGill
The List

The film has a kinetic energy that will please its target audience; but it ultimately says nothing, and says it all too loud.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

End of Watch is elevated on the shoulders of its leads and their harsh reality; until the filmmakers drop it on its head and reduce it to a frustrating 'Hollywood' cop film.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

End of Watch's found footage pretensions tend to materialise when it has too few ideas.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

November 10, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...one of 2012's best action films.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

A solid action-drama that takes us inside the world of two likeable police officers and highlights the risks they face.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B

November 3, 2012

The movie's central message seems to be that any bad guy who hurts a cop better pray that the person who catches up with them isn't another cop.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 2, 2012
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine Australasia

A terrifyingly real, surprisingly moving buddy-cop action-thriller that doesn't let up. Informed and open, Gyllenhaal and Peña are both magnificent.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Tough, gritty, full of feeling and atmosphere, thanks to Ayer's authentic touch and the excellent performances of its cast.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2012
Simon Miraudo

One patron at my screening reviewed the feature in the unique but still incisive manner of being sick all over himself... End of Watch does the unthinkable and nearly inspires a tear or two. Tears are always preferable to vomit.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
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