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Cop Out Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Joyless, pointless, humorless.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
May 20, 2010
[A] pitifully unfunny 'hommage' to '80s action comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 26, 2010
Smith certainly does his thing here, delivering a film that's part celebration and part parody of the well-worn genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
February 26, 2010
It just wants to remind audiences of something they've enjoyed before, like looking at an old photo album.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 26, 2010
Cop Out is a little too well-shot to be full-on cheesy and too much a redux to be, well, as fresh as Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 26, 2010
An unholy mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 26, 2010
Cop Out is like a parody of a parody of a parody, so derivative and desperate in its pleas for laughter that it's hard to tell when it's making fun of itself and when it has simply run out of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 26, 2010
The movie wants to send up hoary action- and buddy-movie clichés, including the tinge of gay attraction that passes between the stars. But it's too fuzzily executed to pass muster as satire. Plus, it loves the clichés too much to subvert them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 26, 2010
Kevin Smith may have needed a big Hollywood comedy right now, for a lot of reasons. What his old fans still need, though -- and in a hurry -- is a real Kevin Smith movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 26, 2010
Cop Out is foul-mouthed but not funny, bullet-riddled but not exciting, crammed with contrivances that go nowhere. And, perhaps worst of all, it musters up no chemistry between its buddy-cop leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 26, 2010
It's about as much fun as flying coach, and -- if you're seated next to Smith, anyway -- a lot less interesting.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 26, 2010
Cop Out is a silly waste of time. In other words, it's just what we need right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2010
It's the first gross-out comedy to come along since The Hangover that is actually a comedy and not just gross, although make no mistake, gross it is -- this is a Kevin Smith film after all -- so don't say you weren't warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 26, 2010
This pitiful excuse for entertainment is utterly bereft of wit, intelligence or craft on any level. The only thing left to screw up would have been to leave the lens cap on the camera. Wait, that would have been an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 26, 2010
Director Kevin Smith has made some good movies and some so-so movies, but until now he has always been an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 26, 2010
Smith and the screenwriters keep trotting out one limp gag after another, including a foul-mouthed child car thief and a parkour routine that ends in a splat.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 26, 2010
Willis basically smirks his way through the proceedings, while the gifted Morgan often seems miserable as the butt of most of the film's gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 26, 2010
What results is a tour de force of sheer comic energy that threatens to rip apart the film -- and its sodden, secondhand premise -- like a wad of used paper towels. It's a performance in search of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 25, 2010
Cop Out does not amount to much more than a blooper reel in search of a movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 2010
It's tough to screw up an omelet. But it can certainly be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 25, 2010
An early scene of Morgan scaring a perp with tough dialogue from movies reminded me of primo Smith. Other scenes not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 25, 2010
It's tough generating much enthusiasm for a motion picture that does a lot of things but none of them well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 25, 2010
The shrug of a denouement doesn't say 'the movie's over' so much as 'get me the hell out of here.'
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 25, 2010
Because Smith has the ability to make a real artistic impact (and knows it), his disappointments tend to inspire deeper criticism than they deserve. This is no more a terrible movie than a great one; it's simply average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 25, 2010
This is a lousy, invention-free script, and Kevin Smith -- an interesting and valuable filmmaker here doing his first direction-only work for hire -- cannot do anything to save it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 25, 2010
Nothing to see here, keep moving.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2010
By the time the smoke clears, Cop Out seems like an appropriate title.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2010
Many of the gags possibly looked good on paper, but watching Willis and Morgan struggle with them is like watching third graders do Noel Coward, if Noel Coward had been rewritten by Kevin Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 24, 2010
A soulless, witless, landfill contraption that Smith once would have mocked mercilessly.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
February 24, 2010
Cop Out is a clumsy postmodern buddy cop flick that stuffs as many genre references as it can into the ceaseless patter between Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 24, 2010
There's not a whole lot to Cop Out besides watching Kevin Smith pretend, with a crudeness that is simply boring, that he's an action director making a comic thriller about cops versus a Mexican drug gang (yawn).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 24, 2010
A movie that makes little sense, is dumb when it's not being stupid and yet is still at times laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 24, 2010
It feels like an homage to a period best forgotten, just a chance for all involved to sell out and cash in with a crude comedy that reminds us how bad these particular "good old days" were.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2010
Any actual action's an afterthought in this garrulous goof on the classic buddy-cop flick.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
February 24, 2010
Smith's directorial style is far too slack for this material, which aims to be an homage to populist '80s classics like 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon, but only winds up resembling one of the bargain-bin knockoffs that floundered in those films' wake.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 24, 2010
The Willis-Morgan team is about as on point as four legs with the ankles missing. The sequel will undoubtedly star Adam Sandler and Chris Tucker.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 23, 2010
Working with a full-on studio budget for the first time in his decade-and-a-half career, Smith is still making movies about guys just like him.