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This Is the End Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
There's wonder here that films with quadruple the effects budget would kill for.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The film is more guileful than it looks, even though the narrative is nuts ...
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 25, 2013
No comedy classic, then, but a good natured and engaging slice of goonish self-mockery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 18, 2013
... the movie definitely struck a chord with the crowd I saw it with ... (with) a climax that brings bromance back ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 14, 2013
This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 14, 2013
Crass, flimsily plotted, and self-referential to the point of narcissistic personality disorder. For those willing to tolerate such defects, however, it is also very, very funny.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
The filmmaking itself is disarmingly amusing, hitting grace notes amid the grandiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
June 13, 2013
Though This Is the End drags slightly here and there, the filmmakers keep it interesting by making the personal relationships dynamic, and the movie redeems all that is self-referential and self-congratulatory about it with a warmth of spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
Their big joke is to literalize the Book of Revelations, but snaking around this is a biting contempt for the entertainment business, their own bad movies, and the social privilege these confer.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2013
This Is the End is the bust-out, badass comedy of the summer. And then some. It's so good you'll think you hallucinated it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 12, 2013
Funny is funny, and it would be truly dishonest to deny the big laughs-the spikes of gut-busting inspiration-that the film sporadically delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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June 12, 2013
As long as Rogen and his buddies are just as self-involved, crude, obnoxious and hopefully exaggerated versions of themselves, things stay pretty funny.
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Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times
June 12, 2013
"This is the End" finds a balanced tone most horror comedies fail to deliver. Grossout humor melds easily with grossout horror, sometimes at the same moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 12, 2013
"This is one of the most tasteless, ridiculous and funniest comedies of the 21st century."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 12, 2013
Most of the celebrities playing things straight (Michael Cera is a notable exception, portrayed as a cokehead sex addict who likes blowing cocaine into people's faces without warning).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 12, 2013
As both homage and send-up, it presents viewers with the ultra-meta image of a comedy genre eating its own tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 12, 2013
It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2013
Out-of-control hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 12, 2013
Six comedians stuck in a house together as the world is ending. What could be funnier than that?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 11, 2013
[A] crass, patchy, occasionally hilarious farce ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 11, 2013
I enjoyed the hell out of it for a while, but it got irritating and self-congratulatory long before it was over and I desperately do not want to see it again.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 11, 2013
The film is uneven and about 15 minutes too long. But when it's funny, it's hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 11, 2013
With no outsiders to coddle, this tight-knit ensemble locks into a groove and reaches some truly giddy heights, turning even the weakest material (a spoof of "The Exorcist") into anarchic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 11, 2013
[It]gets derailed by [Rogen and Goldberg's] desire to keep upping the level of comedic absurdity and cheesy special effects. Still, there are lots of low-brow laughs, especially in the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2013
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's script is scathing, while their directing debut is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
This is all performed with brio, by likable performers with expert timing, ace chemistry, and a directing team eager to let them tear loose. But it can wear you down.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 11, 2013
How long would it take to count the idiocies in "This Is the End"? Fooled you! Trick question. Numbers don't go that high.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 11, 2013
This gut-busting comedy is an intoxicating mix of "Write what you know" and "Give the people what they want."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 11, 2013
It's a hit-and-mostly-miss affair...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 11, 2013
In places it is genuinely, even sublimely hilarious. Why shouldn't it be?
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 11, 2013
A story lurching moment-to-moment for inspiration, or full of ceaseless gags about every bodily fluid, or featuring rape jokes or the sight of Franco spitting food into Hill's mouth, doesn't pass as wit.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 11, 2013
It's no minor accomplishment to make one of the most indulgent projects in Hollywood history. But with "This Is the End," Seth Rogen and his pals have indeed achieved this dubious goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 11, 2013
It's apocalyptically dirty. And it's hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 11, 2013
You may have trouble at times deciding whether to laugh out loud or to avert your horrified gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2013
It's funnier and more energetic than a lot of what's out there in a movie season most would qualify as disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2013
[It] has a gleeful sloppiness that seems to owe more to multiple rounds than multiple drafts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 11, 2013
The thing really moves. Even the grottiest bits have a way of hitting their marks and darting onward, the way they did in "Borat."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2013
There is stuff in "This Is the End" that had me laughing so hard, I sensed new body parts joining in to help out - my pancreas was heaving, my bile ducts ripped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 10, 2013
You never know exactly what lunacy lurks around the corner, or just how far Rogen and Goldberg will push the R rating to its limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 5, 2013
It's the wildest screen comedy in a long time, and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired, and the snort-out-loud funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2013
The seemingly exhausted gross-out comedy genre gets a strange temporary reprieve with This Is the End, an unlikable but weirdly compelling apocalyptic fantasy.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 3, 2013
Rogen and Goldberg (making their directorial debuts) get the balance just right, with one gut-busting punchline and situation after another set against the escalating dread of the end of existence, taking place just outside of James Franco's house.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 31, 2013
Offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity.
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William Goss
Film.com
May 31, 2013
...occupies a frequently hilarious middle ground between their Apatow-produced bromances, the giddy gruesomeness of the recent Aftershock and the confined social abrasiveness of It's a Disaster.