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The Watch Reviews

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Guy Lodge
Time Out
August 21, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2012
It's a mash-up of blah buddy comedy and gross-out CGI monster splatter, with nary a laugh to be had.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 27, 2012
The Watch is a predictable and lazy comedy wrapped around a penis joke occasionally enlivened with some funny lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 27, 2012
What should have been at least Ghostbusters lite ends up sliming audiences with sloppy seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 26, 2012
For hang time with the guys, you could do worse than "The Watch."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2012
Really, wait for it on cable. At least then you'll be able to change the channel.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 26, 2012
The "action" scenes come across as brief, noisy periods of rest from the lame comedy, which counts for something, if not quite what the filmmakers intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2012
Much of the action takes place after hours in the Costco managed by Stiller's character, but the laughs are not available in bulk.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2012
Director Akiva Schaffer, excellent when directing and co-writing SNL Digital Shorts, has his hands full just trying to attach one ill-fitting scene to another, with little opportunity to establish a coherent style or, for that matter, a coherent shot list.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
We're talking about a dozen or so taken-by-surprise, spontaneous and genuine "Ha!" moments. And always one "ha," never two.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 26, 2012
Directed by Akiva Schaffer from a screenplay by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie clumsily juggles two loosely connected concepts.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 26, 2012
Though many of the jokes land, some of them feel like a game of penis-related Mad Libs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 26, 2012
Imagine Attack the Block, only set in America. With a mostly middle-aged cast. And not funny. Or exciting.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 26, 2012
A lowbrow, lame-brained mash-up of buddies-on-patrol comedy and sci-fi actioner.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2012
Some of the phallic jokes work, others are really lame. Fortunately there are many other funny bits that have nothing to do with body parts that keep the laughs coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 26, 2012
The Watch is a studio turd marinated in eau de skunk that stinks worse than week-old fish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 26, 2012
Though it's never transformational, it's mostly amusing. Which counts!
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 26, 2012
It has bodily humor that tilts so far out of funny they land in "clinically embarrassing." And it makes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill yell like hyenas to keep things lurching along.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 26, 2012
It's just an excuse for jokes about male genitalia and its operational weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 26, 2012
The film is one long Costco joke -- but the punch line is never all that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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July 26, 2012
The Watch perks up when Ayoade's spacey line readings give it something unique and unexpected - otherwise, per Costco, audiences are buying their generic sci-fi comedy in bulk.
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David Fear
Time Out
July 26, 2012
The bespectacled Ayoade is the odd man out in the group, and his offbeat, eerily cheery reading of every line lends the movie its single aspect of unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed (by Akiva Schaffer, longtime "SNL" writer and part of the Lonely Island comedy team).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2012
Ayoade, the writer and director of last year's charming U.K. indie Submarine, brings a stranger-in-a-strange-land naiveté to the proceedings. He's The Watch's biggest surprise - not that there are many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2012
The bar is high for bad comedies, but "The Watch" promises to be this summer's worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 26, 2012
In the end, the jokes aren't funny enough, and there aren't enough of them to make up for the sound and fury and incoherence and, yeah, for the preponderance of damn shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 26, 2012
It's not likely that a big-screen alien invasion has ever felt less urgent.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
If you want a descriptive term, "disappointment" should cover it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 26, 2012
You're unlikely to laugh much, and you may get an unexpected case of the non-art-imitates-bad-life creeps.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 26, 2012
It sticks in the craw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 26, 2012
If this movie wanders into your neighborhood, the only watch that will hold your attention is the timepiece on your wrist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 26, 2012
"The Watch" just feels like yet another generic Hollywood product; raunchier and dumber than it needs to be, never as funny as it wants to be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 26, 2012
It's a weirdly pokey exercise that rarely gets the best out of those involved.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2012
"The Watch" has lots of energy but not much inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
July 25, 2012
Fortunately, everyone in the cast steps up to the plate and tags the bases convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4