• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Ayer
    In Theaters:
    Sep 21, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 22, 2013
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End of Watch Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

End of Watch plays a lot like Colors for the YouTube generation.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Eric D. Snider

A visceral and strangely gripping story of police brotherhood.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

July 28, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2013
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 9/10

February 27, 2013
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: B

January 29, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 23, 2013
Jay Stone
National Post

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.

Full Review Source: National Post

January 8, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 8, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 8, 2013
Kurt Loder
Reason Online

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

Full Review Source: Reason Online

December 7, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2012
Rich Cline

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.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 26, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 25, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2012
Tara Brady
Irish Times

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.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2012

This is London

One to watch, but through narrowed eyes.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

November 23, 2012
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
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