Cop Out


Cop Out

Critics Consensus

Cop Out is a cliched buddy action/comedy that suffers from stale gags and slack pacing.



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Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan team up for the Warner Bros. police buddy movie Cop Out in this Kevin Smith-directed production. From a script by Robb and Mark Cullen, the story centers around police detectives Jimmy (Willis), a no-B.S. divorced dad, and Paul (Morgan), a crazy-talking loose cannon. Despite nine years as partners, the two lawmen can still sometimes seem like polar opposites -- especially when Paul's unpredictable antics get them suspended without pay. Already strapped for cash and trying to pay for his daughter's wedding, Jimmy decides to sell a rare baseball card that's worth tens of thousands. Unfortunately, when the collector's shop is robbed and the card vanishes with the crook, Paul and Jimmy end up going rogue, tracking down the card and the drug ring behind its theft, all on their own time, and without any backup -- except for each other. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Cop Out

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (130)

  • Joyless, pointless, humorless.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel
    Top Critic
  • It could have been a match made in heaven. The snake in the garden is a tired script from Rob and Mark Cullen, which purports to "spoof" Eighties buddy movies (Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, etc) but lacks any real brain power of its own.

    May 27, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's just not very funny -- despite the all-too-apparent struggle to deliver verbal fireworks, there's something immovably sluggish and inert about it.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • Whilst Smith uses crash zooms and slow motion to evoke the likes of Michael Bay, it just feels clumsy and drawn-out.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • [A] pitifully unfunny 'hommage' to '80s action comedies.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Director Kevin Smith capitalizes on the duo's great chemistry and gets laugh-out-loud performances from Morgan as a bag of insecurities (not far from his 30 Rock role) and Willis as the stoic macho man.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Thelma Adams

    Us Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Cop Out

  • Feb 02, 2013
    Kevin Smith goes mainstream and produces one of the worst films of his career in Cop Out. While on suspension NYPD detective Jimmy Monroe has his collector's baseball card stole, forcing him to go outside the law in order to get it back. Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, and Seann William Scott lead the cast and give bad performances all. The comedy all falls flat and the characters are stereotypes. Whether it's Kevin Smith's inept directing or the abysmal writing, nothing works in Cop Out.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2012
    Not funny at all. Was it just me or was their something I didn't get? Anyways, this had everything wrong except for the production values. The producing was okay and it's the only reason why I add one extra star. If this had really bad production values then I would have given it one star. But American films tend to have good production values. It seems to be the best area of film Americans are good at. Moving on, the writing was the worst and really painful to listen too. The jokes where just thrown in just to fill in some extra pages on the script. It was very decorative and did not carry the plot like how a good script should. The story itself is very weak. The conflict revolved along getting a baseball card back. Sounds familiar. Weak conflicts are okay just as long as you add good plot build up. This sadly does not do that. The direction was very horrible. It seemed like it was filmed just to get it over with and get a pay check. I did not like the camera angles. Please don't get me started on the acting. Wait, this is a review so I have to talk about the acting. I did not like the acting at all. The whole cast need to work on their facial expressions. Tone of voice and body language was good. But the facial expressions have to be one of the best area of acting because it's the one that's the most noticeable. I would recommend this to people that aren't into the art of film and just want to watch a movie.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    This movie should work there is a lot of good people involved but it doesn't at all because it's just a mess top to bottom. There's a few funny bits and a couple of interesting ideas but its crushed under people mugging and shouting obsenities at the camera.
    Sean S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2012
    * out of **** When the end credits for "Cop Out" started to roll and the words "directed by Kevin Smith" graced the screen; I couldn't help but cry a little inside. As a strong supporter and fan of the man's work (I love "Chasing Amy", "Clerks", and "Dogma" to death); I'm used to seeing the words put as followed: written AND directed by Kevin Smith. Given that here, he's only doing the second thing; we now have an explanation for why the movie is so darn bad. The film is being marketed as some sort of buddy/cop action-comedy; and so it is. You know, as long as you take out both the action and the comedy, and let's not forget the buddies. Look, I like these kinds of movies, I really do; but "Cop Out" can't even begin to measure up to such cop comedy classics as "Hot Fuzz" (a personal favorite of mine) as well as various other films within the sub-genre. Hell, even "The Other Guys" (a better, funnier version of this film; also from 2010) stops this one dead in its tracks. There are two ways in which a filmmaker can go about making a buddy cop film; and Smith chooses the path of the bumbling idiot with a movie camera. So here's the gist of things: long-time cop partners Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Paul (Tracey Morgan) have been working together for nine years, the former is attempting to come up with money for his daughter's expensive wedding, and all the while; they have been recently suspended from pay for unprofessional conduct while on duty. This means that they're in a bit of a crisis; Jimmy, in particular, won't get off easy. But he must not disappoint his kid; so he goes to sell a valuable baseball card to a buyer. While in the store, the joint is robbed by an amateur criminal named Dave (Seann William Scott), who takes off with Jimmy's card; rendering him helpless. This is where the "plot" kicks in. After finding, interrogating, and successfully getting the proper information out of Dave; our dimwitted (but apparently oh-so-smart) cops discover that the bastard has already sold Jimmy's prized possession in exchange for drugs. They also get the name of the dealer; a man who goes by the street name of Poh Boy. He's a bit of a baseball fanatic; but his sights are set on bigger and better things at the moment. Soon, after being persistent, both Jimmy and Paul are caught in the middle of an ugly, violent drug war between the dealers, the cops, and a Spanish-speaking lady found in the trunk of a lost car (that apparently belonged to Poh Boy). This is grade-A stupidity; but credit is due, and I shall respectively credit all who are responsible for this mess. Kevin, for taking the job as a director when he knows his skill is in writing (making his position as a director ONLY completely pointless); Mark and Rob Cullen for penning such a crude, witless script; and actors like Bruce Willis, Seann William Scott, and even Jason Lee for lowering themselves to something as over-the-top juvenile as this. Sure, I expect nothing less from Smith; but I've come to expect wit, and that's something that "Cop Out" hasn't a single trace of. By definition, comedies are intended to provoke laughter. With "Cop Out", I didn't even need to count how many times I laughed; because the most I did was giggle, and that was for just a quick, single moment. Since the screenplay isn't well-written, and the dialogue is spectacularly un-Smithian (in the sense that it lacks insight, wit, or style); the film is reduced to a slew of cheap movie references, a few wasted performances, and above all, a wasted opportunity for Smith. I am told that the failure of "Cop Out" has been attributed to his constant on-set pot-smoking; encouraged by actor Seth Rogen when the two were collaborating on "Zack and Miri Make a Porno". As funny a movie as that was; damn you Rogen for opening such doors, because you've just cost Smith a lot of work, and a lot of ambition. Still, I have no doubt that if Smith returns yet again - but this time as both writer and director - he can improve on this unwatchable, impeccably brainless misfire. Love him or hate him; this is one Kevin Smith joint that you won't want to indulge in.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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