30 Minutes or Less

2011

30 Minutes or Less

Critics Consensus

It's sporadically funny and it benefits from a talented cast, but 30 Minutes or Less suffers from a disjointed narrative, and too often mistakes crude gags for true lowbrow humor.

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In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship. -- (C) Sony

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Critic Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (90)

  • 30 Minutes or Less doesn't waste any time, clocking in at a brisk 83 minutes. It feels a lot longer though, as many of the jokes and (supposed) witty banter continually fall short of the mark.

    May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Watching two bright but slightly clueless guys trying to get out of a bad situation is grand fun.

    January 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 30 Minutes or Less wasn't terrible and when it did make me laugh, it made me laugh a lot. It was just built on the wrong comic premise.

    October 24, 2017 | Full Review…

    Sarah Marrs

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  • I guess it goes down easy enough, however bland and familiar. Kind of like a cheap pizza. Remember to tip your driver.

    May 12, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Jesse Eisenberg goes from the smartest guy in the room in 'The Social Network' to the most gullible dork in the pizzeria.

    May 26, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • There's too much cheese, but there are still enough amusing action beats and funny one-liners to let one say "30 Minutes or Less" delivers, more or less on time.

    January 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less

  • Nov 16, 2015
    Pizza delivery boy Eisenberg gets cornered into robbing a bank that sets off a domino effect of comedy ... well, that was the intention, and they came THIS close. Still, it does manage not to offend yer sensibilities too much. Not bad.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    The film has it's funny spots, but really does falter under the crude attempt to make it funnier than anticipated. 30 Minutes or Less provided loose chemistry among its duo of protagonists and antagonists regardless of the starpower. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2013
    In "30 Minutes of Less," Dwayne(Danny McBride) has a cunning plan to kill his father(Fred Ward) with the help of his friend Travis(Nick Swardson) that starts with hiring a killer through Juicy(Bianca Kajlich), a stripper acquaintance. For the necessary funds, they attach a bomb to Nick(Jesse Eisenberg), a pizza delivery man, forcing him to rob a bank. Nick in return enlists the help of Chet(Aziz Ansari), a substitute teacher, who despite being longtime friends, are currently on the outs due to an argument over Chet's twin sister Kate(Dilshad Vadsaria). To its credit, "30 Minutes or Less" has some nice moments, and moves farely well. It also does a decent job in exploring the bonds of friendship while warning about the perils of seeing the wrong Kathryn Bigelow movie. Strangely enough, most of the other cultural references here involve the 80's, even before the characters were born.(But to be honest, you cannot go wrong with the classics.) What the filmmakers should have learned is that during heist movies, even comic ones, silence is golden. That's especially true here as the characters rarely have anything meaningful or civilized to say. And the less said about Danny McBride the better but Nick Swardson does show some promise.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2012
    Being fascinated by the Brian Wells story & explored it to the best of my abilities & accessible details, I was keen on checking this one out. Although I admit to having discovered it relatively late, I got to it ASAP. And I also admit that the movie wasn't half as interesting as the real story (from which it is crystal clearly inspired) was. Besides the screenplay, none of the performances were outstanding. Neither its comedy is noteworthy nor its thrills (less than handful) tense enough. All the same, it wasn't a total disaster either. It isn't the best bargain, and I'd surely have appreciated a dramatic thriller format sticking to facts AFAP, it's a watchable fare as it is.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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