Observe and Report Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This movie has a clever idea - what if a mall cop truly believed he was society's last protector? - and then wraps it up in stylish sight gags and muffles the message by making Ronnie just a garden-variety, everyday bipolar depressive.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
This is one of the best comedies of the decade, and I suggest you check it out immediately - just don't take your grandmother.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
June 4, 2012
For those who appreciate laughs spiked with venom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 18, 2011
It's a full-scale, contemptuous attack on the mall mentality.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 11, 2011
A seriously bizarre little movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
If you enjoy this film, it might just be time to examine the stability of your own psychological wellbeing. I loved Observe and Report, and that's a terrifying reality I have to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Seth Rogen hardens his Hanna-Barbera face to become what he's never been before: Damn scary. Fiendishly misanthropic, unnervingly funny and dangerously subversive, Jody Hill hybridizes "Taxi Driver" into a satire of major laughs and grim subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Jenkins
July 7, 2010
That playlist proves that Observe and Report was shaped by a hip sensibility. Shame that sensibility didn't have more effect on the script.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
Rogen and writer-director Jody Hill wring out of it a scary-funny character study about a warped man and his twisted sense of what it means to be a hero.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 27, 2009
Here's an observation--Jody Hill's bum comedy fails to live up to the potential of its two talented stars, Seth Rogen and Anna Farris. As for the story, here's the report. It's stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 22, 2009
If this were an audition reel and I was the head of a studio I'd call security to make sure this guy Seth Rogen and his writer-director Jody Hill never got near enough to my office to cast a shadow on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 16, 2009
...gets increasingly bleak and ludicrous as it goes along, until it ends on a sentimental yet still rude and vulgar note. The movie is relentless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 10, 2009
As raunchy and as nihilistic as a two-minute punk song. It has its envelope-pushing rewards, at times .. but it tends to make its single-minded point over and over. After a short while, you begin to wonder: Is there anything on its mind? There isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Observe and reject
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
May 25, 2009
You can cheer on "Paul Blart," something impossible in "Observe and Report," which is much darker. It does have some occasional funny moments, but they don't feel fresh
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 16, 2009
A downright dumb film
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 15, 2009
The latest in a long line of mean spirited, snark filled, low down comedies that while it lasts gives stereotyping a good name.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 14, 2009
Much of the movie is just plain vicious. At best, it's sad and grotesque, rather than hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 14, 2009
The hideous thing is that the film is modelling behaviour for young men who might still think it's all hilarious.
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
May 14, 2009
Ronnie's corruption is not an easy journey to absorb, but Observe and Report is committed to the hellish descent all the way.
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