Pineapple Express Reviews

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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/6
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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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 8, 2008
Gore and yucks are not an easy combination to pull off and Team Apatow simply do not have the skills.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2008
Never generates any big laughs, and the chase elements are so intentionally cliched they never take on a life of their own.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 6, 2008
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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 6, 2008
The swath of destruction these boys leave in their wake seems disproportionate to the prevailing mood of dopey fun.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 6, 2008
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.
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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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 6, 2008
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.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2008
It's a funny, mostly harmless and entertaining film with a bad case of dry mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 6, 2008
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2008
This one takes the action comedy to places -- irresponsible, violent, and funny -- that it has never been before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2008
The sloppy script (which Rogen co-wrote) aspires to nothing more than old Cheech and Chong routines, built around frustrating, circuitous conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 6, 2008
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.
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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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 6, 2008
You needn't be a pothead to enjoy Pineapple Express -- the movie; I mean the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2008
Pineapple Express presents viewers with an oxymoronic experience: the action stoner film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 5, 2008
At last, a Judd Apatow production worth memorizing.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 5, 2008
Rogen, Franco and McBride are on the march into stoner legend.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 5, 2008
Pineapple Express is the unlikeliest comedy of the summer. It's also going to be one of the best-loved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 5, 2008
Murder, marijuana and mayhem. Good times to the max, bro.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 5, 2008
Pineapple Express is the answer to the question, 'What would happen if a movie like this was made by a great director?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 5, 2008
Maybe I'd have thought this buddy-action-comedy was funnier and more exciting if I were as baked as its two heroes.
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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 4, 2008
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.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
August 1, 2008
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 21, 2008
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.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2008
A drug-fueled caper that doesn't stint on chronically loopy characters and ridiculously funny situations.