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The Watch (2012)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 128

The Watch uneasily mixes sci-fi elements with gross-out gags and strands its talented cast with a script that favors vulgarity over wit at nearly every turn.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 33

The Watch uneasily mixes sci-fi elements with gross-out gags and strands its talented cast with a script that favors vulgarity over wit at nearly every turn.



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Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination. -- (C) 20th Century Fox


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Seth Rogen

Nov 13, 2012


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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (128) | DVD (2)

A film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade - who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a mash-up of blah buddy comedy and gross-out CGI monster splatter, with nary a laugh to be had.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The Watch is a predictable and lazy comedy wrapped around a penis joke occasionally enlivened with some funny lines.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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What should have been at least Ghostbusters lite ends up sliming audiences with sloppy seconds.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (6)
Rolling Stone
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"The Watch" takes the same ethos of male bonding, obsession with sex and sardonic violence that has proved so profitable in recent years on yet another summer spin.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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Improvisation is definitely The Watch-word, with Vaughn and Hill in particular winging just about every line they speak - most of them filthy, few of them funny.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
Globe and Mail
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The four leads are funny, separately and together.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

Rote, crass and worst of all, totally laugh-free, it inspires you to exact your own brand of vigilante justice.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Light entertainment at its lightest, The Watch does at least elicit some laughs.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

"The Watch" is a Dream Team in which no one's drawn up any plays and nobody passes the ball. Everybody just shoots and hopes for the best.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

This lame sci-fi comedy was supposed to be for teens, but was re-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to be aimed at adults. The result is a movie that doesn't work for either.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source:

Bland and juvenile, with little thought, humour, or imagination. It actually endorses its posse of puerile nobodies as noble, ass-kicking Americans.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A talented cast shines brightly, but can't carry the weight of this under-inspired sci-fi frolic.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

For a flabby 101-minute movie, the gag hit rate is alarmingly low.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Aims for ridiculous comedy, hits "ridiculous"

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The aliens may be not of this Earth, but the jokes in this lifeless sci-fi comedy are so lazy they never even manage to lift off.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The only arcs these characters encounter are in their pants.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

If the scenes between the four leads had been stronger, it might have been easier to overlook the film's structural and tonal weaknesses, but as it happens they only rescue it in dribs and drabs.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The Watch is a lazy production at nearly every level. Expect these aliens to have better luck in a couple years - when they invade basic cable.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

All of this builds a pretty catastrophic picture of The Watch - and I think, given how many other awesome, funny, gross and clever comedies are out there, I refuse to be an apologist. It's not an unmitigated disaster, but it's not good - or good enough.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

... one of the funniest movies of the year.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

the story regularly dozes off and wakes up in other places, squinting its eyes and groping in the dark for laughs.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey

It's one of those sad occasions where the bringing together of funny people mysteriously negates their ability to be funny.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

The Watch is an utterly soulless, lazy, painfully dull affair. It is not a film. It is a product, and an awful one. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Comment (1)
We Got This Covered

There may be plenty of studio comedies that are better than this film, but there are more that are worse.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Watch doesn't totally know what it is - but that doesn't matter. It's entertaining, silly fun, if you like gaggles of fools stumbling upon alien invasions and d*ck jokes.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Audience Reviews for The Watch

It had its moments... but they were too few!
June 3, 2014

Super Reviewer

From the trailer, this movie looks like they will offer a lot of fun for the audiences who watch this movie.. But after I spent 100 minutes watching this movie, I just wanna say that this movie is nothing but another Ben Stiller stereotypical movie of comedy, the difference was it tells story about alien.. The performance from the cast was a decent performance, except for Jonah Hill who kinda steal my attention with his performance in this movie.. Overall, it just a decent watch..
September 6, 2013
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn play the same character they always play and Jonah Hill plays the character he used to play but has since stopped. Hopefully anyway. The script is written by Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg and it is directed by Akiva Schaffer of the Lonely Island fame. The fact that Seth Rogen is no where to been seen in this film suggests to me that he didn't have full confidence in the project, although I think he would have been better cast then Stiller or Vaughn he was right not to be. Schaffer's debut Hot Rod was very funny I thought but it looks like it was beginners luck. The Watch isn't a clever take on the Alien genres, in fact it's a really clumsy and stupid take on the genres. Richard Ayoade is totally wasted on this crap and you can see how clearly uncomfortable and unable he is in getting a word in. Stiller, Vaughn and most of their buddies are terrible at ad-libbing but they keep doing it and keep failing at it. Putting the word 'Balls' at the end of a sentence does not automatically make it funnier. The Watch is stupid, puerile and above all dull. Stop trying to make the new Shaun of the Dead, move on!
June 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

Don't expect big laughs and you'll get a somewhat entertaining premise.
May 17, 2013
Albert Kim

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    1. Antonio Guzman: I have a gun, which nobody taught me to use so be even more scared.
    – Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
    1. Jamarcus: Nice to meet you.
    2. Retiree #1: Fuck you Curly.
    – Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
    1. Jamarcus: In a few hours, a transmitter will become operational. When it signals, our armada will commence a global invasion starting here in Glenview, which is clearly not ideal for you.
    2. Bob: What?
    3. Franklin: Why?
    4. Jamarcus: We're aliens, that's what we do.
    – Submitted by Hugo A (21 months ago)
    1. Franklin: Look there's that kid from Costco with the big fat dick. Walking around with his massive cock like he owns the joint. That shits just banging against his knee caps. $20 that guys dick dips in the toilet as he's taking a shit.
    – Submitted by Rory R (21 months ago)
    1. Franklin: I have one important question that I need you to answer for me right now, are you with us?
    2. Sergeant Bressman: Are you a cup?
    3. Franklin: No, you rejected me because I was too awesome for you.
    – Submitted by Sahily C (22 months ago)
    1. Jamarcus: Nice to meet you.
    2. Retiree #1: Fuck you curly.
    – Submitted by Paddy R (22 months ago)
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