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The Watch (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Watch uneasily mixes sci-fi elements with gross-out gags and strands its talented cast with a script that favors vulgarity over wit at nearly every turn.

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Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

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Critic Reviews for The Watch

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (37)

A film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade - who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here.

August 21, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a mash-up of blah buddy comedy and gross-out CGI monster splatter, with nary a laugh to be had.

August 3, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The Watch is a predictable and lazy comedy wrapped around a penis joke occasionally enlivened with some funny lines.

July 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

What should have been at least Ghostbusters lite ends up sliming audiences with sloppy seconds.

July 27, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Watch" takes the same ethos of male bonding, obsession with sex and sardonic violence that has proved so profitable in recent years on yet another summer spin.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Improvisation is definitely The Watch-word, with Vaughn and Hill in particular winging just about every line they speak - most of them filthy, few of them funny.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Watch


The neighborhood guys usually thought of as "trying too hard to fit in" band together to party and bond only to find unexpected redemption when aliens from space threaten the hood. You'll leave this wishing that they hadn't gone for the easy humor most times but, eh, whaddaya expect?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Eh. Ben Stiller and a gang of adult ragamuffins form a neighborhood watch only to be thwarted by divergent purposes and loyalties. The big alien twist is quite deus ex machina - oops spoilers - but Billy Crudup is slickly creepy as an Eyes Wide Shut sex emperor.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It had its moments... but they were too few!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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