End of Watch Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
November 24, 2012
Ayers's warmest film to date finds meaning and depth in its "I love you, man" exchanges and rarely goes too long without staging some daring detective work and videogame ultraviolence.
November 23, 2012
One to watch, but through narrowed eyes.
November 22, 2012
Despite the violence and procedural detail, this is about as gritty as Dixon of Dock Green.
November 22, 2012
Some fiction movies knock politely on the door to gain attention, others kick it in.
November 22, 2012
Its spiky authenticity and blunt moral power feel unimpeachable.
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'.
November 19, 2012
It's a collection of cop-movie clichés but presented with sufficient flair and strong performances that the ride is enough, even if it's on rails.
October 2, 2012
Intermittently enjoyable but incredibly frustrating.
September 24, 2012
Jumpy and exciting.
September 22, 2012
The ingredients in [this] cop drama are as routine as a traffic stop. But director/writer David Ayer (who wrote the electric good-cop/bad-cop Training Day) makes it work.
September 21, 2012
Both actors are marvelous -- this may be the most nuanced and far-ranging performance Gyllenhaal has ever given -- and writer-director David Ayer is unapologetically frank about the dangers these men face.
September 21, 2012
I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously.
September 21, 2012
Gyllenhaal and Peña work together like a well-oiled machine, as if they really had spent months or years in each other's company. Their dialogue feels raw and spontaneous.
September 21, 2012
End of Watch suffers from no end of sanctimony.
September 21, 2012
Ayer ... keeps wrecking the sense of realism he's trying to build.
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