End of Watch


End of Watch

Critics Consensus

End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.



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From the writer of Training Day, End of Watch is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country's most dangerous drug cartel. -- (C) Open Road


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Critic Reviews for End of Watch

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (149) | Rotten (27)

  • Ayer and his cast appear to have so convincingly nailed the way these characters talk and act that you might not even notice the film slipping from workaday grit into out-and-out myth.

    Jan 8, 2013
  • The actors, both excellent, get right into Ayer's groove. So by the time we arrive at the unsparing climax, we really know and care about these guys.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The performances here are so sharp that viewers may wish End of Watch has been shot by someone who knew how to find the right point of view for a scene and leave it there.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One to watch, but through narrowed eyes.

    Nov 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the violence and procedural detail, this is about as gritty as Dixon of Dock Green.

    Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for End of Watch

  • Aug 25, 2019
    A good duo at the forefront of this thing, but I don't especially care for the half-assed documentary schematic or, you know... cops.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2017
    More shaky cam than I generally care for. Both Gyllenhaal and Pena were excellent.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2017
    The buddy cop dramedy revisited and made relatable by the spot on performances on it's lead players. The plot setup is somewhat far fetched but its nada but a thrill rise after all. And while not Hope and Crosby, the banter often is not too far from them either.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2016
    End of watch is so realistic, well written, dark and intriguing. End of Watch is one of the best cop films I've seen and is definitely worth your time to see!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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