End of Watch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

End of Watch Reviews

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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
Hannah McGill
The List
November 13, 2012
The film has a kinetic energy that will please its target audience; but it ultimately says nothing, and says it all too loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 27, 2012
Planning on shooting your next movie handheld? Hoping for that realism dividend? Please read this first.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
September 19, 2012
David Ayer's End of Watch is pure frat-boy fantasy, the video game to Southland's great American novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
November 10, 2012
End of Watch's found footage pretensions tend to materialise when it has too few ideas.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 20, 2012
Shallow down inside, "End of Watch" is a music-video Frappuccino of quick cuts, sparkling banter, serial crises, grisly violence and tongue-jerk profanity.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
November 22, 2012
Srong on character and atmosphere but weak on story and excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
September 9, 2012
Compared to an average episode of 'Criminal Minds,' it's pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
November 22, 2012
visual vibrancy always trumps verisimilitude - shakicam's reality effects are repeatedly problematised by the question of which character is filming what at any given time, especially when the answer, at least sometimes, would appear to be 'no one'.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Intermittently enjoyable but incredibly frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
September 21, 2012
Ayers aims for the ADHD attention span of his Netflix streaming demo and constantly confuses the issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 25, 2012
A reasonably sturdy cop movie undone by terrible visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Eric Kohn
September 20, 2012
By virtue of its style and high stakes scenario, End of Watch is impressively tense, but then so are most episodes of COPS, which don't suffer from the forced melodrama found here.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rafer Guzman
September 21, 2012
Ayer ... keeps wrecking the sense of realism he's trying to build.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 18, 2012
Ayer clearly thinks he's making a grittily realistic ode to the long arm of the law, yet only the more intimate scenes ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 23, 2012
Ayer's bias shows an LAPD comprised of immature people straight out of Animal House who can't utter three words without two of them being the F word. That's not the LAPD I know.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Todd Jorgenson
September 21, 2012
Some of the intense, ultraviolent vignettes on the rough streets of Los Angeles are more compelling than others, but by not having a consistent narrative thread, the film builds only intermittent suspense.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 20, 2012
Gyllenhaal and Peņa's relationship, a sort of heterosexual love affair, is depicted with a sense of tenderness and care that does not extend to the cartoonish villains that dominate the film's lackluster final act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Larsen
September 20, 2012
...like a Tony Scott film made with less flair and cheaper equipment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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