Critics Consensus: The Watch Falls Down On the Job

Summary

This week at the movies, we've got amateur crime fighters (The Watch, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn) and politically active dancers (Step Up Revolution, starring Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick). What do the critics have to say? At first glance, The Watch looks reasonably promising: it stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill as a group of average Joes battling a malicious interplanetary attack. Unfortunately, critics say the movie makes the least of its premise, uneasily mixing sci-fi elements with gross-out gags. You pretty much know what to expect from a Step Up movie at this point: great dance sequences interspersed with clichéd plotting. Back to Article

Comments

Ate Bit Montesdeoca

Ate Bit Montesdeoca

I don't know when the alien aspect of this movie was made public, but the original release date of this movie coincided with the Zimmerman/Martin shooting case in FL. The release date of the movie was pushed back because of the media attention the shooting got. I wouldn't be surprised if the alien elements were added later to make it seem even less similar to a real neighborhood watch story. (Conspiracy theories all around) hehehe

Jul 27 - 09:53 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Ya, even if this movie was good, it was doomed the second Trayvon got shot. A title change, alien footage re-shot and edited in, and a release date push are movie poison. I know they're re-shooting the entire climax of Gangster Squad because the original was a bunch of people getting shot up in a movie theater.

Jul 27 - 02:06 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I don't know man, In Hard R comedies Asian's seem to be getting discriminated the hardest. Like The Hang Over Films for example. Personally I'm not offended because it's a hard R and the point of the moment is to try and be offensive...so yeah. I've been meaning to watch "Boss". Is it good? I don't get those dang paid channels and I'm waiting for it to come out on Netflix.

Jul 27 - 10:15 AM

Gaven Fronning

Gaven Fronning

i hope you mean Million lol

Jul 27 - 10:16 AM

Sean James

Sean James

lol

Jul 27 - 10:22 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Of course. Did you really laugh out loud though?

Jul 27 - 01:52 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Iunno Man, Critics have been on a BASH BURTON craze lately.

Jul 27 - 10:17 AM

Sean James

Sean James

lol

Jul 27 - 10:22 AM

quietus28

jj l

Wow. I'm not surprised by the negative rating for The Watch, but I am surprised how low it is. Last movie that I recall like that was The Change-up, with Reynolds and Bateman. I remember how bad that one was. I won't make the same mistake and ignore the critics on this one.

Jul 27 - 10:28 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

Whoa, I thought the trailer looked pretty meh, but damn I was not expecting the score to be this low. Shame, seeing as it was penned by Seth Rogen and stars the fucking awesome Richard Ayode. They're still making Step-Up movies? Seriously? Killer Joe looks interesting (what is up with Matthew McConaughey being in GOOD movies lately? Shit's weird. Anyways, will be seeing TDKR again, still picking my jaw up off the floor on that, thought it was the best of the trilogy. Anyways, wake me up when The Bourne Legacy and The Campaign get here.

Jul 27 - 10:48 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

No, it just means your taste in movies is trash.

Jul 27 - 10:50 AM

Confounded

Matthew Bertram

People should REALLY rent Attack The Block instead.

Jul 27 - 10:59 AM

George V.

George Voulcan

Attack the block isn't that good. The characters act really stupid and it's kind of cliches and boring. Plus who can understand anything those chimney sweepers say half the time?

Jul 28 - 12:53 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Agree Attack the Block was a colossal disappointment given its high tomatometer rating. Not funny, horrible sfx, and asshole characters. awesome.

Jul 30 - 08:10 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Killer Joe is the movie of the week. And good for Friedkin. I actually thought "Bug" was a great, underrated thriller.

The Asian films all look promising. The docs "Snail" and "Ai Weiwei" and "Sacrifice" from the great Kaige Chen (Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor and the Assassin). "Sugar Man" and "Bananas" are must see for me as well.

"Ruby Sparks" doesn't interest me at all. If I could imagine a girl into being, would I go for the pale, plain Zoe Kazan? Nope, I'd have to go with someone like Bojana Novakovic or Catherine de Lean (from "Burning Man" and "Nuit #1" respectively, two films that, honestly, will probably be just as boring as "Ruby Sparks" though).

Holy shit. Space Nazis, dude. Do you have a pulse? Does the phrase "Udo Kier as the Moon Fuhrer" mean NOTHING in this world?!?! Oh, yes. I'm afraid the DVD player will be quite operational when my disc arrives...

Jul 27 - 11:01 AM

DBrock

David E-Brock

i am supposed to read that last sentence in a Palpatine voice,correct?

Jul 27 - 12:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It is unavoidable. It is your destiny...

Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I'm surprised its at 42%.

Jul 27 - 02:07 PM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

And don't forget, in the case of "Iron Sky", a Sarah Palin-like figure as president of the good ol' US of A.

Jul 28 - 08:08 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Says Fred Willard...

Jul 27 - 11:02 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Deft taste once again, Cooper.

Jul 27 - 11:05 AM

Sean D.

Sean D

*tips hat* A-thank you

Jul 27 - 07:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm there.

Jul 27 - 11:08 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

You are right. I do not understand.

Jul 27 - 11:09 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Seriously though, check out "Attack the Block". It's a great little film.

Jul 27 - 11:11 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Tropic Thuunder" is nearly a classic. The key is to wait for him to do films he writes/directs himself.

Jul 27 - 11:13 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Ben Stiller's best movie is SIMPLE JACK, hands down. When he broke down in tears over his rabbit dying, that was just Oscar gold. "Wake up, hop-hop!"

Jul 27 - 02:45 PM

DBrock

David E-Brock

i am supposed to read that last sentence in a Palpatine voice,correct?

Jul 27 - 12:07 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It is unavoidable. It is your destiny...

Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis

It looks like a lot of people like the watch (so far), once again proving my point that critics and audiences aren't the same thing.

Jul 27 - 12:13 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

Yes. Audiences don't know what a good movie is.

Jul 27 - 12:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

It's at 78% audience. Anyone who would go see that is retarded, anyway. So we can deduce that even 22% of the retards who went to see it didn't like it, and the other 78% were high on something.

Jul 27 - 01:03 PM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Admittedly maybe those people actually like the movie and they aren't high or retarded, maybe they actually like it because they can.

Don't forget that the rating can drop.

Jul 27 - 01:28 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

Yes. Audiences don't know what a good movie is.

Jul 27 - 12:23 PM

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