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The Other Guys (2010)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 154 | Rotten: 42

A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 8

A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.



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A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in this buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). New York City detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) is more comfortable pushing pencils than busting bad guys. A meticulous forensic accountant, his numbers are never off. Detective Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) is Gamble's reluctant partner. Try as


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Chris Henchy, Adam McKay

Dec 14, 2010


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All Critics (196) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (154) | Rotten (42) | DVD (4)

The Other Guys is the sort of movie that generates some of its best jokes quietly in the background or as quick-hit throwaway lines, while other terrific gags are defiantly over the top.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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This is the fourth feature that Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay have collaborated on, and once again they deliver laugh-out-loud if ultimately disposable comedy with mixed messages about arrested male development.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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There's a wealth of joyously berserk idiot humour, fusing slapstick and satire, surrealism and stream-of-consciousness improv into what could well prove the funniest movie of the year.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (6)
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Through it all, Ferrell is as Ferrell does. He's a non sequitur with frizz.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Deteriorates into something resembling Rush Hour 3.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (10)
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Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have excellent chemistry, and provide for a lot of funny moments, but a poorly written plot and some forced jokes make The Other Guys only a good, not great comedy.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

One of the biggest problems overall, besides the lack of comedy, was the lack of story.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

Ferrell hasn't been this funny in years.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The first 30 minutes of the film, where this concept is really milked to the max, easily makes for some of the funniest comedy of the year.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (2)
What Culture

Not all of the gags pan out, but when they do they get more than a few chuckles.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Juxtaposes the excesses of our unregulated financial sector with the excesses of the buddy cop movie.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

There are quite a few fun and hilarious moments to be had thanks to a knockout supporting cast, but there's a reason we've never followed "the other guys" before.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Even the credits at the end of the film are smart, detailing the inequities of CEO pay and the government bailout of AIG and large banking firms.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (3)
Laramie Movie Scope

The Other Guys isn't as loose and free associative as its predecessors, planting Ferrell in the middle of a routine mismatched cop plot that doesn't permit him to combust.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Stop the press! Multimillionaire actors unite to skewer deep-pocketed bureaucrats and billion-dollar blowouts! Does Adam McKay's The Other Guys herald the end of Hollywood's age of excess? Hmm, not quite.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

A fast-punching farce with a serious devotion to the random.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

The balance of action and humour is off here and by dialing down the moments of ridiculousness from his other films with Ferrell, McKay has made them all the more glaringly odd.

October 4, 2010 Full Review Source:

...a misfire of impressively epic proportions.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (13)
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The Other Guys, like the testosterone-heavy "frat-pack" films which Ferrell is known for, is a buddy-cop film that's at once savvy, nostalgic, irreverent, and heartfelt.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

The Other Guys has surprisingly energetic action sequences, shoot'em-ups and car chases, and even a bit of a whodunit plot...

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It runs out of steam in the final third but The Other Guys is constantly kept afloat by a grand cast that includes Michael Keaton as station captain Gene Mauch and Eva Mendes as Gamble's smouldering wife Sheila.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

After a string of largely mirth-free months at the multiplex, this might well be a late entry as one of the comedies of the summer.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

Explosive action sequences collide with polished one-liners and some amusing supporting performances.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo | Comments (2)
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for The Other Guys

Not the best of buddy cop flicks, but does well enough.
November 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

The premise is quite promising and the first couple of minutes of the film accordingly excellent: Take away the two most flamboyant and kickass cops in town and who will step up to take over the job? Probably some idiots. The chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg (just imagining his character may be the same he played in The Departed is fun enough) is great and carries most of the film. Sadly, their case is not all that interesting. Financial villains? Meh. So the last act and showdown fall a bit short and end up being way too conventional. So it's best to watch the most outrageously funny scenes on repeat than rewatch the entire film, I suppose.
January 24, 2013

Super Reviewer

The duo of Ferrell and Wahlberg entices the screen in this clever and hilarious buddy-cop film. McKay's flick is a comedy, as well as action-filled shoot-out with jokes and bullets flying from end to end. Though the story is partially let down by the slightly strenuous plot and debatable and conclusive intent, Other Guys does well to please its audience. 4.5/5
December 31, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Allen Gamble: I can't hear! I can't hear! There's blood blisters on my hands! Oh, my God! How do you walk away in a movie without flinching when it explodes behind them? There's no way! I call bullshit on that! When they flew the Millennium Falcon outside of the Death Star, and it was followed by the explosion, that was bullshit. 

"NY's finest were busy"

I've become a bigger and bigger fan of The Other Guys with every additional viewing. The first time I watched it, I liked it, but didn't care for the overacting. As I've watched it more though, I find that the overacting by every person involved makes it funnier than it should be. There's a lot of stupid dialogue that works perfectly because of the crazy performances of Farrell and Wahlberg. Also, Michael Keaton may be the funniest aspect of the movie. It's the most fun I've ever had watching Keaton. He's given better, serious performances, but as far as having fun watching him; this is his best.

Two New York detectives, Gamble and Hoitz are the laughing stock of the police department. One, Gamble(played by Will Farrell) never leaves his desk. The other, Hoitz(Mark Wahlberg), has promise as a detective, but his career slowed down after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter. When the two heroes of the police department die in the line of duty, Hoitz tries to fill their shoes and he needs Gamble to leave his desk and actually go do police work. When they finally get out there, they stumble on a huge case. The only problem is, no one takes them seriously.

As far as a comedy goes, this one works for a variety of reasons. The makers went for a silly as possible comedy; something that makes sense, seeing as it's another McKay, Farrell collaboration. Silly works when you give the right actors the right dialogue, and in The Other Guys case, both are present. The supporting cast also make for some of the funniest and best scenes in the movie. That just adds a whole new element to the movie; when you don't need you're lead characters to spout out all the jokes.

Overall, this is a very good comedy. There's some hiccups here and there, but as a whole, it's extremely funny and entertaining. If you don't like Farrell though, this one probably won't change your mind on the guy. In fact, his performance here may be up there with his craziest. In my opinion though, this is one of the better movies he's done lately. Him and Wahlberg's chemistry is amazing and reminds of the chemistry he has with John C. Reilly. 
December 29, 2012
Melvin White

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    1. Det. Terry Hoitz: I don't like you. If I were a lion, and you were a tuna, I'd swim out to the middle of the ocean and freaking eat you! Then I'd bang your tuna girlfriend.
    – Submitted by Matthew C (5 months ago)
    1. Det. Allen Gamble: Are you a big man? Huh? I'm talking to you!
    2. Det. Terry Hoitz: What?
    3. Det. Allen Gamble: Do you wake up in the mornin' and say, "I'm puttin on my big boy pants. Look, I'm wearin' a belt. I got big boy pants on."
    4. Det. Terry Hoitz: No.
    5. Det. Allen Gamble: Put on a little jacket, you go, you take you lunch cause you have big boy pants on? You got your big boy pants and your snack? I can say big loud things! I can be demonstrative!
    6. Det. Terry Hoitz: Stop!
    7. Det. Allen Gamble: We don't, we don't do this!
    8. Det. Terry Hoitz: You're scarin' the shit outta me man, stop it!
    9. Det. Allen Gamble: Is this how you conduct yourself? In a democracy?
    – Submitted by Matthew C (13 months ago)
    1. Det. Terry Hoitz: Bye Shiela!
    – Submitted by sam v (17 months ago)
    1. Det. Allen Gamble: I'm about to do you grandpa style.
    – Submitted by Joseph K (19 months ago)
    1. Fosse: Hope you like jail food. And penis.
    – Submitted by Deanne T (20 months ago)
    1. Det. Terry Hoitz: If you touch him one more time, I'll beat you with Allen's head.
    2. Det. Allen Gamble: No he's won't. He's just using a hyperbole but that's a really weird example.
    – Submitted by William C (22 months ago)
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