• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jody Hill
    In Theaters:
    Apr 10, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 22, 2009
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Observe and Report Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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Bracing, bleak and berserk, this is a film which laughs in the face of American intolerance, and comes up punch-drunk and grinning.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

April 24, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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I don't think it's much of a comedy. The darkness overpowers everything.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

April 13, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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You don't relate or enjoy watching Seth Rogen's character on screen.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

April 13, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It falls short of brilliant but it's a lot more daring than what passes for 'dark comedy' these days, and it reminds us that 'feel bad' comedies may not always be as funny as 'feel good' ones but, when they work, they can ultimately be more satisfying.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Observe and Report is a lot better when it's being funny than when it's rummaging in the shadows.

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

April 10, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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I don't want to oversell it, but Observe and Report is the sort of offbeat studio movie that should be encouraged.

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

April 10, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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In the end, Observe and Report falls in the somewhat confusing middle -- guaranteed to annoy the mainstream while not quite delivering the final twist and bitter irony the true comic cultists crave.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 10, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A few of the less repeatable lines hit their marks, but the whole affair has the pasty-faced desperation of shoppers trapped in fluorescent light.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The tone of the film wavers queasily, though intentionally, between slapstick and shock.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Writer-director Jody Hill is obviously trying to accomplish something here. But just what is none too clear.

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

April 10, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The whole thing is calibrated to wow us with its weirdness, even as it assumes an air of 'Who, me?' guilelessness. I've seen slick, glossy Hollywood thrillers made with less knowing calculation.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 10, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Meet mall cop Paul Blart's evil, unfunny twin.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 10, 2009
Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
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Aggressively mean and even more aggressively stupid.

| Original Score: F

April 10, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I've observed this Seth Rogen comedy, and I can report that it's not very good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 10, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Observe and Report strikes me as a comedy in perfect pace with this moment. It's funny and uncompromising, offering laughs without denial.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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[T]he upbeat ending--which comes on the heels of a genuinely shocking climax--is so incongruous that, as with The King of Comedy, it almost seems we're being dared to question whether it is real or delusion.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

April 10, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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[Director] Hill evidently intends his film to be satirical. But satire requires intelligence to succeed. Observe and Report has a moronic sense of humour, trading in racism, sexism, profanity and violence at every predictable turn.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 10, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A potentially brilliant conceptual comedy that fizzles because its writer and director, Jody Hill, doesn't have the guts to go with his spleen.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 10, 2009
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Observe and Report wants very desperately to be a dark comedy. But it doesn't quite get there, as it's not funny enough to hit the comedy dismount and not clever enough to go fully dark.

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

April 10, 2009
John Anderson
Washington Post
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Given that the ordinarily likable Seth Rogen is portraying a delusional, violent, sexist, racist, homophobic mall cop with a bipolar disorder, there's not really a lot to laugh at.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 9, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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When Observe and Report is funny, it's often shockingly so. The characters can be nasty or self-absorbed, yet they still have a whiff of sweetness.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Observe and Report is the evil twin of Paul Blart, which had a soft heart but no nerve. This flick is almost criminally cynical, but delinquents will think there's something arresting about a movie whose mission is disturbing the peace.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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There is no moral to this story, and there's not much comedy either.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Beyond the weirdness, if you can get there, is a quick portrait of trailer-park America pursuing its urges by any means necessary.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 9, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Observe and Report tickets should come with a free breath mint, because however hard you've been laughing, that ending leaves a seriously bad taste in your mouth.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 9, 2009
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Here's hoping the talented Rogen, in the future, sifts out junk like this from the many opportunities before him.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 9, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As funny as it is sick (and it's plenty of both).

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There won't be a more polarizing comedy released in 2009 than Observe and Report. This audacious, subversive action comedy turns two of our cuddliest performers, Seth Rogen and Anna Faris, into poster kids for atrocious misbehavior.

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

April 9, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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[Director Jody] Hill can create only one sort of protagonist, and half the time he's stuck in a gray area between satirizing the firearms-obsessed, multidirectionally offensive Ronnie and embracing him.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's the strangest movie I expect to see from a Hollywood studio for the rest of the year.

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

April 9, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Observe and Report revels in creeping you out and making you laugh -- hard.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Observe and Report feels more like a series of not-quite-successful skits thrown together than a movie with a script.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness, Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.

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

April 9, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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For better or worse, the weirdest, wildest comedy of the year so far.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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In its own demented Pineapple-Foot Fist-Four Letter Word Way, Observe and Report delivers a cynical, angry and funny take on a life of loud, violent desperation.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A crazy mosaic of Americana with tiles scattered and missing. Need I observe and report that the view isn't for every taste? It sure is for mine.

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

April 8, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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You have to respect Hill's willingness to continually go to any length without so much as a flinch to get a laugh. But that doesn't mean you'll continually enjoy it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 8, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Ronnie the Mall Cop is as an iconic expression of irate proletarian populism and brainless role-playing as Joe the Plumber or Rush the Limbaugh -- identify or ignore at your peril.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 8, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The most telling line of dialogue comes from another cop: 'I thought this would be kind of funny, but it's kind of sad.' True enough, and sad can be made to work -- sometimes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 8, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A series of hit-and-miss non sequiturs in which his characters mostly humiliate and injure themselves and others.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 7, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Observe and Report is the rare 'action-comedy' (almost always a muddled hybrid) that earns its cathartic climax. The blood is real because the psychosis is real. But somehow -- the magic of comedy -- it's also uproarious.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

April 6, 2009
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Partly but not completely thanks to Rogen's committed performance, Observe manages the funny-pathetic arc of its story line vastly better than Hill's debut film The Foot Fist Way.

March 18, 2009
Joe Leydon
Variety
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With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 18, 2009
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