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End of Watch Reviews

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August 21, 2017
Capturing the stress and tension of the job detail, as well as the emotional toll on the officers, the line between audience and actor is blurred as the camera alternates between their perspective and that of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 11, 2017
This is the thinking man's action movie, a cop flick that takes us off the beaten track. Above all, though, it is a bromance.
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
April 10, 2016
Maddeningly episodic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2013
End of Watch plays a lot like Colors for the YouTube generation.
July 28, 2013
A visceral and strangely gripping story of police brotherhood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
February 27, 2013
Deeply affecting, powerful film that's a thrilling experience. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
December 7, 2012
Nicely balanced between savage violence and sweet human interactions, and it whips along at a brisk pace.
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
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
November 25, 2012
Both actors are first rate, their friendship palpable, their professional conduct (tempered by practical joking and youthful bravado) convincing.
November 24, 2012
If I was a big-city American policeman watching this, I would also wonder just whose side Ayer is on. I'd be more nervous about going to the work the next day. Not less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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