Pineapple Express Reviews

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Nell Minow
Beliefnet
August 6, 2008
Another week, another Apatow movie, another story of lame, pot-smoking slackers up to all kinds of hijinks and discovering the true meaning of friendship. Sigh.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Pineapple Express is good for a few laughs but little more; it's low-grade Apatow--I think they used to call it dirt weed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Pretty bad
August 4, 2008
As for Gary Cole's menacing bossman, he's a hemp-ty suit, a walking life lesson that, um, 'People who live in grass houses should not throw stoners.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2008
Watching Pineapple Express is like sitting dead sober in a room with a bunch of stoned people who are laughing uproariously. They're having a great time. You're not.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 5, 2008
The action and comedy mix has never been an easy one to manage, and unfortunately Pineapple Express fails in that respect almost completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
August 6, 2008
You'd have to be high to think Pineapple Express is anything but a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 3, 2008
This is the kind of film that relies on its audience to find four letter words funny. I guess being stoned would help.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 6, 2008
Got a problem? Get some ganja. Light up and we laugh. Ha. Ha. Nothing funnier than a bozo with a bong. And to couch such crap in a comedy and pass these characters and their anti-social antics as cool is unconscionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
August 5, 2008
Can stoners alone propel Pineapple to box office success? After all, a couple movie tickets is a few less ounces of that sticky icky.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
August 8, 2008
If Pineapple Express works at all, it's likely to be for people willing to slip into the diner booth with these fellows and laugh along with them. The rest of us will often feel like we're merely watching a stoned friend have the time of his life.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 4, 2008
Even though I think the movie gets bogged down with too many pot smoking scenes, stoners are going to think it's the Holy Grail. I laughed quite a bit, but I just wish the film was a little more focused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 9, 2008
Stoner-based or not, good comedy shouldn't need any help from the baggie in your pocket.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 6, 2008
Watching good buds riff wears out its welcome after a half hour, and that's where a story really comes in handy. But when Pineapple goes from ganja to genre, it sours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 6, 2008
As it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 9, 2008
There's a lot less time available to get high than just laying low, for this chemically disoriented pair. Pineapple Express, a mixed bag of assorted fruits and nuts, with doper loons on the lam waiting to inhale.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
March 6, 2013
Your love of it will largely depend on how funny you find a movie with 85 percent of the jokes based on smoking weed. For the rest of you a lot of it is going to feel very silly, crammed with potty humor and overly long for such a simple subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2008
Apatow and Green are just throwing whatever they can at the screen, to see what will get either a laugh or a grimace. More likely the latter, since you'll likely leave the theatre wondering if you saw a comedy or a Sam Peckinpah movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 4, 2008
Green naturally has a sure hand when it comes to the dialogue and the smaller moments -- it's his big, violent set pieces that lack any discernible pizazz.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 12, 2008
The theoretically fail-safe team of the writer/actor Seth Rogen and co-writer/ producer Judd Apatow - the Knocked Up duo - deliver a funnybone- clobbering spree with more energy than wit.
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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