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Pineapple Express Reviews

John Anderson
Variety
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February 23, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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But there's still time for a gloriously unexpected coda, a moment of quiet reflection and narrative ingenuity that confirms 'Pineapple Express' as the finest comedy of the year.

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

September 12, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

August 11, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Gore and yucks are not an easy combination to pull off and Team Apatow simply do not have the skills.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

August 8, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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At its sharpest, the script by [Seth]Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote Superbad, recalls what made Superbad worth seeing: the sidewinding conversational riffs, the why-am-I-laughing? wordplay.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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This is an endearingly slovenly, profane movie with bursts of startling violence, but it's all played for nyuk-nyuk laughs, and it has been directed with more care than it might initially appear by David Gordon Green.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Never generates any big laughs, and the chase elements are so intentionally cliched they never take on a life of their own.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 6, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Imagine Superbad, but with fear of drug-related homicide replacing adolescent sexual panic as the excuse for male bonding, and you won't be too far off.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 6, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The swath of destruction these boys leave in their wake seems disproportionate to the prevailing mood of dopey fun.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 6, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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This by turns inspired, goofy and finally weirdly hyper-violent celebration of male bonding and chronic Peter Panism joins such classics as Up in Smoke and the Harold & Kumar oeuvre in its sunny, raunchy acceptance of its own idiocy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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A comedy that brings a nicely deflating note of realism to action-film mayhem, as well as being one of the few drug movies you don't have to be high to enjoy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 6, 2008
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a funny, mostly harmless and entertaining film with a bad case of dry mouth.

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

August 6, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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The movie is so wayward and fuzzy that, for the unbaked, at least, there's very little pleasure to be had in trying to follow it. The thing is so desultory and aimless that it seems like work to try to laugh at it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 6, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie's too long -- and the violence and mayhem are unexpectedly harsh and heavy -- but Franco's inspired, looped performance is right up there in the annals of reefer filmdom with Jeff Bridges' the Dude in The Big Lebowski.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This one takes the action comedy to places -- irresponsible, violent, and funny -- that it has never been before.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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There are many things to like about Pineapple Express, an old-school action-comedy retooled as a stoner goof, but Franco's return to humor is a cause for celebration.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

August 6, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The sloppy script (which Rogen co-wrote) aspires to nothing more than old Cheech and Chong routines, built around frustrating, circuitous conversations.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Frequently hilarious, occasionally sweet and often graphically violent, Pineapple Express may not be the greatest stoner movie ever made, but it will do perfectly well until we get another hit of Harold and Kumar.

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

August 6, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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You want to like it. You want to give it the benefit of the doubt. But the longer it drags on, the less certain its tone becomes, and the more oppressive the bloodshed gets.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 6, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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As it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 6, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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You needn't be a pothead to enjoy Pineapple Express -- the movie; I mean the movie.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This is a movie with more stops and starts than a rural train on a milk run. Specifically, it's an action comedy that has a terrific accelerator but a really annoying brake.

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

August 6, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Pineapple Express is a fitfully amusing tale of drugs and crooks and general dilapidation, but the more it goes on, and the loopier it gets, the less it connects with experience. It becomes Apatow's hash-bar version of a cynical action joyride.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 6, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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While this R-rated comedy is oh so lite, it also builds to some endearingly goofball conclusions about friendship and maybe, just maybe, responsibility. Though there's a hazy quality to the latter.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Pineapple Express presents viewers with an oxymoronic experience: the action stoner film.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

August 6, 2008
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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At last, a Judd Apatow production worth memorizing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 5, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Rogen, Franco and McBride are on the march into stoner legend.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The humor in this movie is smart enough that even a moderate level of intoxication or inebriation is not necessary to enjoy it.

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

August 5, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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An uneven but entertaining action-comedy that answers a question you've probably never asked: What if someone gave Cheech and Chong a shot of testosterone and a couple of Uzis?

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

August 5, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pineapple Express is the unlikeliest comedy of the summer. It's also going to be one of the best-loved.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Murder, marijuana and mayhem. Good times to the max, bro.

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

August 5, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Sure, you'll laugh. It's funny. But your memories soon will be fuzzy, a little out of whack, and the next thing you'll know you'll have eaten an entire bag of Doritos. Or at least wish you had.

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

August 5, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Guys, you're asking us to swallow a pot farce, a buddy thriller, an action parody, and a touching tale of two men on the run? You must be high.

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

August 5, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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You don't have to be in an altered state to appreciate the ludicrous humor. The laughs -- mostly crude, profane and drug-addled -- are almost non-stop.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Pineapple Express is the answer to the question, 'What would happen if a movie like this was made by a great director?'

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Maybe I'd have thought this buddy-action-comedy was funnier and more exciting if I were as baked as its two heroes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

August 5, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 4, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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By the end the movie's nonchalance seems less deliberate than sloppy.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

August 4, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's empty and formulaic, with plotting that's lazy even by stoner-comedy standards. Without all the yuck-o sight gags, it would be a huge bummer.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 4, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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Probably the most artful of the Apatow Factory comedies, but don't worry: It takes being sweetly dumb just as seriously as the rest.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 7.5/10

August 1, 2008
Justin Chang
Variety
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While its genre-blurring may seem audacious by studio standards, in the end, Pineapple Express still feels too safe, too constrained by buddy-comedy uplift, to have any real bite.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 21, 2008
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A drug-fueled caper that doesn't stint on chronically loopy characters and ridiculously funny situations.

July 21, 2008
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