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Hot Fuzz Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 18, 2007
It's such a vibrant goof, so full of love both for the movies and for its cast of ridiculous characters that you forgive it the odd soggy stretch.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 24, 2007
Wright and Pegg have topped Shaun of the Dead by trans(atlantic)planting a whole gaggle of genres.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 23, 2007
The movie duly quickens into pursuits of every speed, and the homage to action thrillers is there in the smallest detail; the clicking of a ballpoint pen, say, is amplified to sound as menacing as the cocking of a gun.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 21, 2007
Hot Fuzz is everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 21, 2007
Because this culture-clash comedy has real characters, a real story and a real big payoff, the two-hour length is a light sentence.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 20, 2007
Though it's no Monty Python, Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 20, 2007
What prevents Hot Fuzz from crossing over into already well-travelled Naked Gun territory is the constant bouncing of high-Hollywood style and the timid, teatime setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 20, 2007
What will Wright and Pegg set their targets for next? I don't know, but I'll be watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Only people who have an equal fondness for strolls through English cottage gardens and Dirty Harry movies are going to fall madly in love with the film, but just about everybody is going to like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2007
Although Hot Fuzz is a good 30 minutes too long (the ending -- or endings -- are endless), it is also good for long stretches of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 20, 2007
This rude, bodily fluid-spattered romp is like the Red Bull version of every bad buddy police picture a little Lethal Weapon, a lot of Bad Boys, and waaaaay too much Point Break.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 20, 2007
Summer hasn't arrived, but the funniest riff on a summer movie genre has already landed.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 20, 2007
Hot Fuzz runs a bit long for a cop spoof, but it is also one of the funniest law enforcement comedies this side of The Naked Gun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 20, 2007
The U.S. audience may be stung to find beloved action clichés desecrated, but these Britheimers are on to something.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 20, 2007
Pegg and Wright are armed with an endlessly impressive arsenal of attention grabbers, from witty editing tricks to a wry soundtrack and a joke-packed script that demands multiple viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 20, 2007
Overall Hot Fuzz could use a bit more speed to outrun its demons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2007
Hot Fuzz may not be quite at its predecessor's mark, but the cast sure is -- they're all, every last one of them, Shauns of the Deadpan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 20, 2007
Hot Fuzz is warm at the beginning, too cool in the middle and boiling at the end -- which makes it too close to lukewarm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2007
These bad boys are obviously having fun, and so will you.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 20, 2007
Rarely have we seen a British comedy in which the protagonists are armed to the teeth with both wit and automatic weapons.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 20, 2007
For a movie based on the stunted mental development and perfect action timing of American crime-fighting pics, Hot Fuzz has surprisingly little idea of how to get to its point, or when.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 20, 2007
Hot Fuzz is the funniest send-up of slam-bang action mayhem since Team America: World Police.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
The straight-faced spoof is really quite funny, if you can get beyond the graphic gore and mind-numbing final 30 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2007
The transplanted action cliches mix easily with the eccentric English characters, and as a director Wright is adept at framing and cutting for excitement as well as laughs.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 20, 2007
Think of Hot Fuzz, a British parody of Hollywood-style action flicks, as The Full Monty blown to smithereens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
It's to the Lethal Weapon movies what left-hand driving on a country lane is to a freeway chase: pokey, more than a little daft, but with a bloody surprise around every hedge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
April 20, 2007
All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 19, 2007
Hot Fuzz may not quite hit the same level of raucous mayhem [as Shaun of the Dead]. But I think it's even sharper and funnier, and Wright and Pegg never run out of ideas.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2007
It's a ridiculous plot, but one that's absolutely in the spirit of the films they're satirizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2007
Go, laugh and try to figure out the mystery. But be warned: You'll be checking your watch before it's over.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 19, 2007
Does for British cops what Shaun of the Dead did for the undead -- and that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 19, 2007
Hot Fuzz could easily have lost 20 minutes or so in jittery montages and stylized set pieces. But for viewers in the mood for smart-stupid slapstick, it's a diverting jape.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 19, 2007
A breakneck action-comedy that could put the final digit on Lethal Weapon and its kind, if there is any mercy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 19, 2007
An exuberant, ultraviolent and uproarious satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2007
On the strength of Shaun of the Dead, his droll zombie bash, the spot-on Don't Scream trailer in Grindhouse and now this, director Edgar Wright is one of the four or five contemporary directors of comedy worth watching.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 19, 2007
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's follow-up effort to their smash success Shaun of the Dead skillfully eludes the dread sophomore slump.
| Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 19, 2007
For most of its running time, it's an enjoyably unpretentious celebration of the guilty pleasure we can take from a stupid-as-all-get-out car chase or from watching things blow up real good.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2007
[A] very funny cop comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
April 17, 2007
It's a little gloomier, a little coarser, and a lot more cerebral -- oh, and funnier than all the Reno 911! boxed sets combined.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 17, 2007
This movie wants to tickle the funny bone while telling a story that's worth telling. For the most part, [director] Wright achieves this aim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 16, 2007
What you get from Hot Fuzz is what you rarely see from Hollywood: Something genuinely smart and silly at the same time, a film and filmmakers that respect their characters, their audience and the genre at which they lovingly poke fun.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 16, 2007
It has more laughs per scene than any film of its kind since the Naked Gun movies.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 16, 2007
Hot Fuzz is fun, and it's nice to see all the English character actors who aren't busy in Harry Potter films, but it lacks its predecessor's freshness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 5, 2007
Wright brings you close to the characters as well as to the action. It makes all the difference, as the dream team of Pegg and Frost lace the mayhem with mirth. It's a blast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 20, 2007
A straight-faced British spoof of everything from Yank crimers and slasher pics to Agatha Christie whodunits and homoerotic U.S. buddy movies.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
February 14, 2007
It's not a perfect template - running motifs are glaringly flagged up and there are at least two too many climaxes - but for both gags and thrills, few current British filmmakers come close.