End of Watch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

End of Watch Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 21, 2016
This well-rendered if brutal portrait is a welcome counterweight to the seemingly endless stream of Hollywood paeans to corrupt cop-life in the USA.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. Olson
April 10, 2016
Maddeningly episodic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I'm still wondering who we're supposed to assume was holding the camera during Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick's sex scene.
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
End of Watch plays a lot like Colors for the YouTube generation.
Eric D. Snider
July 28, 2013
A visceral and strangely gripping story of police brotherhood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
This Jake Gyllenhaal buddy/cop drama features some of the best on-screen banter in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
February 27, 2013
Deeply affecting, powerful film that's a thrilling experience. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 29, 2013
It's time to ride along with the LAPD through South Central, but this is no "Adam 12″. It's a realistic roller-coaster ride told with hand-held cameras and other devices.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
January 23, 2013
David Ayer's End of Watch is an unflinching cop drama that uses the handheld approach to heighten the drama and escalate the tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jay Stone
National Post
January 8, 2013
What gives it life are the performances of Gyllenhaal and Peņa. They emerge as beacons of friendship in a bleak world of barred windows, barking dogs and strutting gangsters.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 8, 2013
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 8, 2013
Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 8, 2013
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.
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
January 8, 2013
It leaves you wondering -- who is filming the Gyllenhaal/Anna Kendrick love scenes?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
December 7, 2012
Nicely balanced between savage violence and sweet human interactions, and it whips along at a brisk pace.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012
The street characters are played by a remarkable panoply of real-life types who speak in a thrilling, totally believable patois.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 27, 2012
Planning on shooting your next movie handheld? Hoping for that realism dividend? Please read this first.
Rich Cline
November 26, 2012
A strong sense of camaraderie sets this edgy police thriller apart from the crowd. And it's also a change of direction for writer-director David Ayer, who has explored the dark side of police corruption in Training Day, Harsh Times and Street Kings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 25, 2012
Both actors are first rate, their friendship palpable, their professional conduct (tempered by practical joking and youthful bravado) convincing.
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