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The Other Guys Reviews

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
The Other Guys is the sort of movie that generates some of its best jokes quietly in the background or as quick-hit throwaway lines, while other terrific gags are defiantly over the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 20, 2010
This is the fourth feature that Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay have collaborated on, and once again they deliver laugh-out-loud if ultimately disposable comedy with mixed messages about arrested male development.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 15, 2010
There's a wealth of joyously berserk idiot humour, fusing slapstick and satire, surrealism and stream-of-consciousness improv into what could well prove the funniest movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 6, 2010
The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 6, 2010
As good and fleeting as a street corner popsicle
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 6, 2010
Through it all, Ferrell is as Ferrell does. He's a non sequitur with frizz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2010
Deteriorates into something resembling Rush Hour 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 6, 2010
In terms of flat-out nonstop laughter, it's the best comedy of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2010
At times, there's an "everything but the kitchen sink" quality to the joke grab. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2010
They may not be Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder , but Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have a pretty good thing going.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 6, 2010
Note to Kevin Smith: THIS is how you do a spoof of the buddy-cop genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2010
Measured against this year's other police farce -- remember Cop Out? -- it looks absolutely heroic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 6, 2010
The Other Guys takes stuff that, as a rule, isn't particularly funny, and tries to make you laugh. More often than not, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 6, 2010
Forgets it's a comedy and starts burrowing into a convoluted but uninteresting financial scandal involving an evil capitalist played by Steve Coogan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 6, 2010
For the most part, the jokes have punch lines, which is too rarely the case in big-budget comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 6, 2010
This is a startling late-summer surprise that's hysterically funny when it's not falling on its face.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 6, 2010
Like some silly summer song that can't be shaken from the mind, this is a catchy enterprise, no better than it tries to be and no less funny.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2010
Dead horse, meet floggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 6, 2010
A summer movie that honors summer-movie conventions with a vengeance.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2010
The plot doesn't always hold water and it has a tendency to ramble, but they don't seem to care. And honestly, neither should you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 6, 2010
Do we really need another buddy-cop comedy? While stupefying, the answer is, surprisingly, "yes."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 5, 2010
What would have been very funny for 15 minutes, and pretty funny for 45, doesn't maintain the standard over the course of a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2010
The Other Guys boasts perhaps three legitimately funny sequences in all its belabored 107 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Josh Levin
Slate
August 5, 2010
There's just a bit too much formula and not quite enough insane-asylum lunacy.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 5, 2010
Highbrow, lowbrow and no-brow, inspired by improvisation yet connected to the structure of a plot and the traditions of a genre, "The Other Guys" is that rare modern comedy as smart as it is crazy, and as skillful as it is silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 5, 2010
What seems like another desperate adventure in stunt casting turns out to be a combustible comic bounty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 5, 2010
Gloms together enough clever riffs and random funny business to overcome the inevitable lumpiness and dead ends.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2010
There are as many hits as there are misses, thanks to the dedication of both leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2010
As with the war-film goof Tropic Thunder, you wonder if a smaller, scruffier-looking version of the same movie would have yielded bigger comic payoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 4, 2010
Don't let anyone spoil the wildly hilarious surprises. Ferrell and Wahlberg will double your fun. Guaranteed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 4, 2010
It's a comedy of manhood for the age of emasculation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2010
It's sneaky and smartly funny, offering an almost perfect balance of action and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 4, 2010
You should really meet and get to know these guys for yourself.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 4, 2010
The Other Guys is a Ponzi scheme of a comedy, a buddy action picture cluttered with funny characters and hilarious moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 4, 2010
Gives Wahlberg and Ferrell beautiful opportunities to turn their anger-mismanagement-meets-milquetoast act into an absurdist version of Abbott and Costello.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 3, 2010
Somebody didn't pack enough comedy for this long trip -- the punchlines in the movie's second half are often callbacks to jokes you may not fondly remember from the first, until every gag is united with its mate.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 2, 2010
The laughs ultimately take a backseat to a convoluted white-collar crime story.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2010
Just when it seemed like the once-robust buddy-cop action-comedy was going to require a do-not-resuscitate order, along comes Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to show 'em how it's done.