• 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

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
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Intermittently enjoyable but incredibly frustrating.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Jumpy and exciting.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 24, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Both actors are marvelous -- this may be the most nuanced and far-ranging performance Gyllenhaal has ever given -- and writer-director David Ayer is unapologetically frank about the dangers these men face.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

September 21, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 21, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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End of Watch suffers from no end of sanctimony.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Ayer ... keeps wrecking the sense of realism he's trying to build.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Gyllenhaal and the perpetually under-rated Pena have a wonderful way of bouncing off one another and Ayers is wise to make this the energy that drives the movie instead of mere violence.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 21, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Gyllenhaal and Pena have great chemistry together ... in their best performances to date.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A portrait of law enforcement under pressure that is as ennobling as it is gritty.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 21, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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A visceral story of beat cops that is rare in its sensitivity, rash in its violence and raw in its humor.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The best scenes are filmed inside the cruiser, dashboard shots that face inward instead of out, catching Gyllenhaal and Peņa in moments so playful and true they make all other buddy cops look bogus by comparison.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Writer/director David Ayer gives us an authentic, sometimes shockingly gruesome ride along.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 20, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The shaky camera work -- often a gimmicky stylistic option -- is an effective choice here, both as a story element and a technique.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's not a pretty job. But it's a pretty awesome film.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 20, 2012
Bob Mondello
NPR
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End of Watch is one thriller where the adrenaline rush, considerable as it is, is almost always put in the service of character. Happily, the character on display turns out to be considerable, too.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 8/10

September 20, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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At times Ayer rubs our noses, almost literally, in the devastating horribleness of it all.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 20, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It goes beyond gritty and realistic violence into a zone where Hieronymus Bosch collides with Dante ...

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 20, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Shallow down inside, "End of Watch" is a music-video Frappuccino of quick cuts, sparkling banter, serial crises, grisly violence and tongue-jerk profanity.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 20, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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There are 6 million cop shows on television right now. On none of them have I heard two men speak to each other with as much natural affinity as these two.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Ayer brings a rough, aggressive energy to the picture, staying within the broad outlines of the buddy-cop formula but investing the characters with no-bull authenticity.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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End of Watch gives you the savage whoosh of being on a job that can get you killed.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It's every cop movie you've ever seen but from a fresh angle: You go into each situation without a clue about its outcome.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Original Score: 7

September 20, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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For those who can handle Ayer's overuse of the shaky-cam approach on the big screen, End of Watch is satisfying and emotionally potent.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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It may seem like just another movie about the mean streets of South Central and the blue knights that keep the peace, but writer-director David Ayer focuses on the characters while slowly and subtly bringing the plot up from the background.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 20, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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What saves this cop show from its predictable tropes and cliches are terrific performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, who've got each other's backs as actors and as "brothers" in law enforcement.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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"End of Watch" feels new. Fresh. Immediate. Watching it, it's almost as though you're seeing a cop movie for the first time.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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After so many films, not just Ayer's, where LAPD cops are depicted as corrupt, homicidal or suicidal, it's refreshing to see one where the boys in blue really are the good guys for a change.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"End of Watch" is one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 20, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Gyllenhaal and Peņa's relationship, a sort of heterosexual love affair, is depicted with a sense of tenderness and care that does not extend to the cartoonish villains that dominate the film's lackluster final act.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 20, 2012
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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As social insight, End of Watch is useless, but as engrossing entertainment, it's irresistible, thanks to Ayer's gift for dialogue, the relentless pacing set by film editor Dody Dorn, and gorgeous performances by Gyllenhaal and Peņa ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 19, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Writer and director David Ayer manages to overcome the shortcomings of the genre, many of which are present here, with great chemistry between his actors and sheer momentum.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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From the brutal daily violence to the dramatic final act, "End of Watch" itself remains thrilling and uncompromising.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Ayer clearly thinks he's making a grittily realistic ode to the long arm of the law, yet only the more intimate scenes ring true.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Macho swagger is justified by some adrenaline-producing encounters in cops vs. cartels drama.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 11, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Gyllenhall and Peņa have chemistry together and charisma individually.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 10, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Like a knife in the eye, End of Watch cuts past the cliches of standard police procedurals, serving instead as a visceral ride-along with two thrill-seeking cops.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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Compared to an average episode of 'Criminal Minds,' it's pretty good.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

September 9, 2012
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