Apart from the general premise, it's completely different from the television show; although it does pay a few well-timed homages.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
It's part homage and part wink at the past. It jokes about high school but is also a sensitive sociological study of those crucial years. It bridges slapstick and action. It's quick-witted with its pop references.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Completely abandoning earnest teenagers-in-crisis melodrama in favor of crude, aggressive comedy, this "21 Jump Street" is an example of how formula-driven entertainment can succeed.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's that rare comedy that's funny throughout, with a hilarious story that hinges on the unlikely pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"21 Jump Street" might be yet another product of Hollywood's recycling program, but it deserves to be noticed.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Neither man has had a better foil. They are literally and figuratively trying to bring something out of each other, and they do.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Though these mismatched cops bounce well off each other, Tatum, in his first comedic lead role, is the better performer, both more riotous and affecting.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Big surprise: The sometimes chaotic "Jump Street" is a lot of ridic fun, as the kids say, turning predictability on its head.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
This cheerfully chaotic, gleefully vulgar action-comedy retread of the old television series has box-office success written all over it, and where's the harm? It's irresistibly funny until it isn't.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Not everything... works, and if you're actually looking for a consequential night at the movies you might want to stay away, but for a goofy fun Friday night this gets the job done.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The late-eighties TV series is rebooted with jolts of sentiment, personal discovery, and wild comedy.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
Here's the last movie I was expecting with this title. In other words, "21 Jump Street" is pretty good.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
What was the last stupid Hollywood comedy -- good-stupid, not stupid-stupid -- to offer actual, audible, verifiable big laughs?
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Much of the humor involves trotting out cliches from cop movies and teen movies, then commenting on how dumb they are.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
This potty-mouthed and drug-laced reimagining of the 1980s TV show has one of the highest laughs-per-minute ratios since the Naked Gun films.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"21 Jump Street" thrilled me to itsy-bitsy elated pieces.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"21" makes clear from the beginning it is gobbling up some pop culture refuse in the name of nothing more than making fun of it and having fun with it.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller get nearly everything -- the tone, the self-referential nods to the show and the dead-solid-perfect surprises -- just right.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The helmers make slick use of their new live-action collaborators. Considering that hardly anyone was asking for a 21 Jump Street reboot, they've put their own playful stamp on it.
Peter Debruge - Variety
This is the funniest movie I've seen in more than a year.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Tatum and Hill steamroller any misgivings right from the start. They take a comedy connection that seemed doomed to fail - pairing Tatum's hunky command with Hill's nerdy neediness - and make it look like the most natural thing in the world.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The whole crew makes clear its affections for action cinema, trashy television and the YouTube generation alike while having fun at the expense of all three.
William Goss - Film.com
A try-anything, fitfully amusing muddle that wears its mocking cynicism a bit too proudly.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
21 Jump Street makes a virtue of low expectations, like an underachieving high school burnout coasting on his modest reserves of charm.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Yes, there are laughs to be had here, but I wonder whether it might be more amusing to watch episodes of the old TV show.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Co-directors Lord and Miller keep the comic pace humming along agreeably with the same sort of animated energy they provided for those raining meatballs.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
This is not a property requiring respect and devotion to the source material to satisfy longtime fans, so the filmmakers wisely make a "21 Jump Street" all their own.
David Germain - Associated Press
21 Jump Street earns my genial nod because of its limber, 120-IQ take on the whole notion of movie revivals.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
This bracing new take on 21 Jump Street has a playful spark all its own. It's a blast.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
I didn't think we needed a '21 Jump Street,' but it's actually kind of funny.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Miller and Lord clearly understand the push-and-pull and hyper-competitiveness that make guy friendships both complex and stupid.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Fast, funny and smarter than its dunce-cap demeanor lets on.
A lot smarter and a lot funnier than it has any real right to be.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Chaotic and far-fetched yet funny enough to have audiences rolling in the aisles.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Given the broad drama of the series, their movie should be full of big ideas, and instead settles for redundant gags involving drugs, guns, and high school cliques.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
The supporting characters add depth to the comedic pairing of Tatum and Hill.
Rebecca Onion - Austin American-Statesman
Remake or no, this movie is hysterical.
Cammila Albertson - TV Guide's Movie Guide
21 Jump Street gets the remake job done with tongue-in-cheek style & plenty of outrageous moments.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Because of Bacall's skill at writing great comedic material and Lord's and Miller's talent behind the camera, "21 Jump Street" became more than what it originally appeared to be, which is a surprise I'm always grateful for.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
21 Jump Street takes the basic concept of the original series, and uses it to create an action/comedy that is not only palatable to modern audiences, but appealing as well.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
Co-written, produced by, and stars Jonah Hill, who took exactly the right attitude towards the movie: He and his costar Channing Tatum embraced the stereotypes, laughed at themselves, and came up with a surprisingly funny film.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
21 Jump Street is a smartly stupid buddy comedy that plays with the ridiculousness of its set-up.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Interchangeable with dozens of other "dude" comedies that have come before it.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
...feels more like a guerrilla stunt than a soulless and cynical cash grab. Hooray for Hollywood, I guess.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Slick and funny as hell, 21 Jump Street is one of the best comedies of the year.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
A raucous, entertaining, and incredibly funny film that respects the premise of the original series...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
For an action comedy, "21 Jump Street" had less action or comedy than I expected. It felt as if I spent too much time waiting for something to happen-either for a joke to fire, or a pistol.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The best thing that can be said for it is that it never coasts on just one type of joke; funny in execution, not just in concept.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
A floppy cross of high-school movie and buddy-cop comedy. Overdoses on flaccid penis and vagina 'jokes,' indulges in the ain't-this-cool?!ness of a cop-action flick, and passes out on the cliche-couch of bromance.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The movie is perfectly pleasant, a smidgen too aware of itself but consistently sharp.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
While the film struggles at the start as Tatum and Hill share little chemistry, they improve minute by minute and are one of the shining lights by the end, their journey boasting a surprising emotional pull.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
t's less fun when the guns come out in the final act, but there's a moment late in the game that redeems the movie's predictable beats, before the whole thing dissolves into entropy and disorder.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Feels like it's doing something new with the teen genre, while still acknowledging its debt to the classics that came before it.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
21 Jump Street is nothing like the original series. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have a great chemistry and the strong beginning and ending do a pretty good job disguising the flabby middle. It's crass, self effacing, 'meta', stupidity and it works.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Clever, profane and action-packed, '21 Jump Street' fairly leaps onto the big screen as one of the most enjoyable movies of the (still-admittedly young) year.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A high-water mark for recent mainstream comedies. Consistently amusing and frequently uproarious.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Raunchy and profane by design, nothing like the 80s TV show, nonetheless hilarious adult comedy - especially the first hour or so.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Yes, some of the movie's funny bits were in the trailer. After all, they were trying to get you to buy a ticket. But, this is one of the rare comedies that delivers even more than promised.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
The best comedy to be released so far this year.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
I'm as surprised as you that this film could end up being the funniest of 2012.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Lord and Miller mine the script... for plenty of profane laughs as they set up Hill and Tatum as a hilariously off-kilter comedy duo.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
...it doesn't help, either, that large chunks of the film have been improvised wholesale by the various actors, which only exacerbates the film's excessively slapdash feel.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
... latest in endless slew of painful spoofs based on TV shows takes an OK premise and milks it for an occasional chuckle before devolving into a succession of increasingly lame sketches.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
They know it's a joke. But like high school itself, 21 Jump Street hits the wall about halfway in and even prom night can't save it.
The humor squeezes just about all the giggle juice it can get out of the R rating. If you need a movie map, this 21 Jump Street is on the FAR side of town from Sesame Street.
Neil Pond - American Profile
by no means a great comedy, but it does demonstrate that playing against the grain can be a good move, especially when the people in charge have run out of ideas
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
An unlikely (but funny) return to high school
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
It doesn't matter if you never saw the original, because this movie is a clever, fast-paced, action comedy...
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A good-natured must-see for fans of broad, silly comedies with a little something under the surface too. Bright, breezy and brilliant.
Catherine Bray - Film4
It is funny because it is pointed and smart, and it is also funny because it is unusually crass, but the chief takeaway here should be that it is funny.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Rigorous planning likely was involved in taking the dumb concept of "21 Jump Street" and turning it into something that seems so effortlessly brilliant.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
While hardly raising the bar in action-comedy, it's still a fun, irreverent, laugh-out-loud take on the beloved, small-screen original.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Halfway through this affable, inspired grab bag of a comedy, it hit me that what I was watching wasn't merely a good movie but the Greatest TV Adaptation Ever Made.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
I won't go so far as to say it's good, but 21 Jump Street is certainly better than it has any right to be.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The humor may be coarse and crude but it is funny, and with these movies that is what counts.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
21 Jump Street is a cockamamie movie. It's as rowdy as a dick joke. After the 21st dick joke, I wanted to jump off. And after the dick jokes there's a load of excrement jokes.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
It has a tone all its own: drunk enough to lower the inhibitions; not so drunk that it becomes unintelligible.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Funny and clever but ultimately dispiriting, with a finale that affirms the queasy wink-wink legalized bullying of its early police-vs.-citizens scenes, and that associates manhood with a willingness to kill with a gun -- all for a cheap laugh.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
21 Jump Street is as fresh and original a comedy you'll ever find that is based on a totally stolen concept. If only all Hollywood rip-offs could be this good.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Strained and crass comedy.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It is entranced by male bonding, appendages and the chance to enact car chases, and but it's still a fairly filthy, funny flick that does nobody any harm.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
It's certainly preferable to any recent Johnny Depp vehicles.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
It's immature, rude and sometimes quite funny, at least until the same gag makes a fourth or fifth lap around the track.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
It's also loaded with a series of sidesplitting moments that seem to work on simple brute force.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
[Hill and Tatum] are well cast and rather good, as in a knowing way is Ice Cube as their parodically irascible superior.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A scattershot hodgepodge of scatological and penile humor, "21 Jump Street" owes less to Johnny Depp's 1987 television launch pad series than it does to a mentality of lowest common denominator.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A conscious two fingers to the old show's baby po-face.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Maybe I'm just getting too old for this shit.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The most immature R-rated movie I've ever seen. And I've seen all three Jackasses, but this is a good thing.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Overall "21 Jump Street" is an over the top action film with comedy that is not always perfect, but what is perfect is the blast this undercover adventure is!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
... Shows more imagination than most of today's original productions.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It earns its laughs and never takes our affection for granted.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
What's most refreshing about the film is how it acknowledges its own narrative absurdities and retreaded tropes in a manner that's neither forced nor self-congratulatory.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
TV-based buddy comedy is crude but hilarious.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Tatum shows some range. Hill loses ground.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A great cast, a surprisingly fresh and funny script, and the best non-explosion action scenes on film combine to make 21 Jump Street one of 2012's best comedies.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is a fine screwball comedy in the old tradition...Ice Cube had me laughing out loud as the profane, angry boss of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Tatum is absolutely hilarious in the movie and not in the unintentional way his stiff performances in romantic dramas like The Vow turn out to be.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
One might perceive "21 Jump Street" --- this version --- as strictly for adolescent boys. And yet, for once, I find it satisfyingly entertaining.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It works primarily due to the expert comic timing of its two stars.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It winds up indulging in some of the same buddy-cop cliches that it tries to lampoon.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Other than a few cracks here and there, this particular "Street" is one fun ride.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
The idea to play the concept for laughs is an inspired one, and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum mine the material for all the crass, R-rated comedy that it's worth.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A raucous, raunchy comedy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The twist that makes this somewhat ragged comedy work as well as it does is that the two cops revert to the level of high-school immaturity as they blend in with the genuine teens around them.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Most importantly, it acknowledges how lame reboots are by nature, and how rarely they honor the original.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
It does contain several moments that do not seem to realize this and provide some unexpectedly big laughs at the oddest moments.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
I am ashamed at how much I laughed at this movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Filthy, sweary, sweet and very funny all at the same time.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
"21 Jump Street" is the funniest film of the year so far.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
A deliciously foul-mouthed buddy movie that rides roughshod over political correctness.
- Liverpool Echo
It is smart, silly, straightforward, conceptual, satiric, raunchy, and character-based, all at once. I laughed often and I laughed hard.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are an inspired duo.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Hollywood is obsessed with strip-mining old TV shows and movies for remake fodder these days, but 21 Jump Street is an example of how it can be done well.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
The film is rude, speedy and outrageous, and we mean that in the best way.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
tries to be both a comedy and an action film, but only succeeds as a comedy. It's extremely funny, with Hill and Tatum displaying a disturbing amount of chemistry.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Here's a film that's far cleverer than it needs to be, and for that reason alone, we should be grateful.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Rather than a re-hash of the original, though, this is a re-imagining by Hill, who ... set it in the present with appropriate nods to the original and a whole lot of silliness. Nostalgia has rarely been better served
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Adheres to the rule that every TV show is subject to a cinematic rendering, regardless of the strength of its stories, appeal of its characters, or extent of its following.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
21 Jump Street on TV is a drama. The movie no way takes itself seriously. That helps. Lots. So does an R-rating where the characters are free to -- uh -- express themselves.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A rude and raucous action comedy spoof, which turns the high-minded, message-laden original series on its head in order to poke fun at everything from Hollywood's desperate recycling of the past to the tired conventions of buddy-cop movies.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Was it because 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and 'The A-Team' worked out so well for us?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
This movie embraces everything that should make it lousy, calling out itself for aping the source's bad ideas then flipping the script with meta precision.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Provided you approach this laff-a-minute, slapstick adventure as a franchise overhaul rather than as an homage, you won't be shocked by its relentlessly-irreverent brand of humor. Think Superbad meets Revenge of the Nerds!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
21 Jump Street is another re-hash of a largely forgotten Eighties television series - but it's surprisingly enjoyable.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Shoulda, coulda, woulda been fun. But it ain't.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A hit-and-miss hodgepodge of plotting and jokes redolent at least as often of desperation as of inspiration.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Of the horde of big-screen redo's of one-time TV hits, who'd have thought 21 JUMP STREET would be the one to get it right?
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Tatum, best known for syrupy romances and action movies, turns out to have crackerjack comic timing and Brie Larson and Dave Franco are standouts.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Luckily, the temptation to be become truly gross is resisted.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The basic premise -- that these two are supposed to be high school age and siblings -- is funny, but the joke, as is true of many others in this movie, is replayed way too often.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
"21 Jump Street" is the address for movie fun this week.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Overlong, but against the odds the usually wooden Channing Tatum is the comedy standout.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
Even if you think you've graduated from genital jokes and violent slapstick, the laughing gas around "21 Jump Street" may get you hooked.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Against all odds, 21 Jump Street is an immensely enjoyable, frequently hilarious film.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
Together Hill and Tatum are so much fun to watch that it's disappointing when the story around them becomes overly cluttered and convoluted.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Frenetic and loud can be funny on its own. But it requires either the finesse to be smart about playing stupid or sheer, balls-out craziness. Disappointingly, this has a hard time choosing between destinations and takes too long to find its way.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
One of the freshest mainstream comedies in years.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
In its outrageous way, 21 Jump Street has real laughs.
The film makes high school comedy feel young again: considering its stars are in their late 20s and early 30s, that's no mean feat.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
It was inevitable that one of Hollywood's many recent reboots would eventually attain sentience. Hence the arrival of 21 Jump Street, a film that not only knows it's a remake, but knows how absurd it has to be to succeed as a remake.
Andrew Lapin - NPR
Remake whatever you want if it's this funny.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Against all odds, "21 Jump Street" is actually pretty funny and lifts movie comedy out of its recent creative rut.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It manages to achieve a balance between the action and spoofery due to sure-handed direction and a cast that really dives into the mayhem.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's no tribute to the original program, but a wink-happy perversion of the concept, raising hell in its own somewhat tedious, frequently hilarious way.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The material may be a bit too hit-and-miss to justify the 109-minute duration, but viewers will leave this film with a big smile, wishing that all trawls through the Eighties archives could be so freshly rethought.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
This film is even better if you come in with no spoilers and low expectations, so we will build it up no more.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It's a rowdy, massively entertaining ride done with wild wit and creative abandon. Now, bring on the sequel!
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
...a ridiculous amount of fun when screenwriter Michael Bacall (of the loathsome "Project X") isn't confusing crassness with comedy.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's mostly another raunchy buddy comedy - albeit one with welcome comic discipline, more focused on maintaining pitch than continually lowering the bar on gross-out jokes.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
It's a good thing 21 Jump Street is funny, because in terms of pure filmmaking, it is a near-embarrassment.
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Less an adaptation than an "adaptation" that delights in highlighting the ridiculous cliches and tropes it lampoons.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play the dimwit cop duo who are sent back to their high school to pose as students in order to root out a drugs ring.
Adam Smith - Radio Times
It's not just a nostalgia-peddling cash-grab, offering raucous laughs contained in a jubilant male-bonding storyline.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Make no mistake, there is a fresh, focused and undeniably funny comedic sensibility that stays to the fore throughout.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Tatum in particular is a huge surprise. He's always been a pretty face, but here (as in his recent SNL outing) he displays comedic chops we never saw coming.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
A raucous, obscene comedy that sustains its single strong joke for an extraordinarily long time.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
For all the personal growth that our two boys in blue are supposed to experience during the course of their mission, you might think that lessons about callous expressions of misogyny and homophobia might fit into the mix.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Perfect blend of action and comedy that doubles as a satire of teen culture and TV to film adaptations. Hill and Tatum are superb leads. Hilarious and fun.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Writers Hill and Michael Bacall cleverly mix pop culture references, wit, and vulgarity to transform what might have been a one-joke knock-off into a comic original.
Monica Castillo - Boston Phoenix
As remakes of '80s properties go, you'd be hard pressed to find one so self-deprecating, yet ruthless.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
The comedy revels in putting dumb and/or inept spins on cinematic formulas. It results in a shoddy movie, but one that is bad in rather interesting ways.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Eventually, the film does run out of comic steam. But I'd say for 90 percent of its running time, the action and the comedy mix hums along at a terrific pace. This is a real surprise. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
The makers of 21 Jump Street clearly understood that almost nobody really wanted a 21 Jump Street movie, and they've cleverly used a familiar property as a way to get a wildly entertaining new comedy made.
For its first half this movie does a reasonably clever job of reinvention, though the crudeness level is excessive; but the second half jumps the rails.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The saving grace of "21 Jump Street," co-written and produced by Hill, is its obvious affection for teen genres, and for teenagers.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Loose and meandering, but it also knows how and when to entertain.
Unlike its semi-serious inspiration, the new "Jump Street" is a rowdy mix of comedy, satire and sass.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Funny and smarter than it has any right to be.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Silly slapstick, spoofing the series by playing it for laughs.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
If you're a fan of the original 21 Jump Street, prepare to have your memories desecrated. Everyone else, strap yourself in for some dumb explosive fun.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Mediocre jokes built around recycled ideas.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
There's some good comedy as their expectations of school life are turned on their head (everyone's caring and politically correct) and Tatum's hunk finds himself bonding with the science nerds, while Hill's fatty is cast as Peter Pan.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
What makes 21 Jump Street so funny and exciting and lovable is all the stuff you don't see coming.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
You'd expect at 21 Jump Street remake to suck, and this film, for all its obviousness in delivery, doesn't.
Alyx Gorman - The Vine
It's lazily content to raise laughs through 4-letter words and penis jokes. In other words, it has absolutely no ambition, so that eventually even the efforts of its lead actors amount to very little.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
21 Jump Street proves that you can reinvent the wheel and pay homage to its past in one very funny package.
Adam Bub - MovieFIX
Its two leads possess amusing chemistry but this smug and ultimately disappointing revamp never manages to strike the right note between action and comedy.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
If Hill keeps signing on for half-hearted romps into the realm of idiocy like The Sitter and 21 Jump Street, he's going to get shoved aside by whatever chubby comic wunderkind is lurking behind him.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
With all due disrespect to its source, 21st century Jump Street is both dope and dopier.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Sharply written, frequently hilarious high school-slash-cop comedy with terrific comic performances from Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, though it could have done with a slight trim in the running time department.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Thanks to charming leads and a smattering of laughs, this is still worth a punt for fans of light buddy comedies.
Anna Smith - Time Out
Rather than treat the late-'80s source material as holy kitsch, the filmmakers have reconceived this tale of illegal narcotics and arrested adolescence as a viciously satirical, unapologetically crude buddy comedy.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
For a film rehashing a long-forgotten TV series and starring the sentient muscle Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street is surprisingly good.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Only mildly amusing, a film that was probably a lot funnier in the writers' room than it is on the screen.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Like many almost-great comedies, 21 Jump Street is frontloaded with the best go-for-broke gags and lines.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
An often hilarious comedy filled with vulgar dialogue, slapstick antics, and great chemistry between the principals.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It would have been impressive if the 21 Jump Street movie was any good. The fact that it's flat-out great feels like showboating by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
[F]ueled almost entirely by an appreciation of its own ridiculousness, yet one that balances the absurdity with some smart truths... It's tough to be sensitive about the silly, but directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller... pull it off.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Pleasant, unexpected surprise, this feature remake of the TV series that had starred Johnny Depp is entertaining as comedy-actioner, due to Jonah Hill's acting and chemistry with Channing Tatum.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's completely lunatic and sort of a mess. It's also the funniest high-school comedy to come out of Hollywood in ages.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
There is a frantic highway chase, a high-voltage gunfight and the obligatory chaotic party; those elements plus the pimple squeezing fun of high school clashes make 21 Jump Street the movie we had to have when the TV series should have been enough
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The humour is pretty lame, so leave your brain at the door, but there are some funny juxtapositions
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
21 Jump Street is that rarest of comedies, a classic in the making that manages to become both more outrageous and hilarious as it bounds along.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Canny enough to know how to laugh with its subject, not at it, 21 Jump Street is a lot of fun thanks to a fast-flying, clever script and affectionate regard for its 1980s television roots.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Tatum and Hill make for a fun duo, the former seemingly have the time of his life playing up the dumb hottie his succession of histrionic, corny roles have ultimately typecast him as.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Pickles and ice cream. Bacon and cupcakes. Chocolate and potato chips. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Some pairings shouldn't work, yet somehow the result is delicious.
Kelsea Stahler - Hollywood.com
Jonah Hill is masterful at delivering an absurd story with so much sweetness, the nonsense ceases to get in the way.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
This is one of those movies that is much better than expected, but is still for a specific audience.
David Poland - Movie City News
An irreverent reboot that only half-heartedly scratches the surface of the more intriguing comedy of young male anxiety at which it hints, but still sails on the strength of some of its joke writing, and the chemistry and use of its stars.
Brent Simon - Screen International
[Jonah Hill] is, despite early expectations, the emotional anchor in all of his movies. Fear not though: Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street proves he can still bring the funny.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A smart and immensely entertaining comedy that announces the somewhat surprising arrival of a serious comic talent in the shape of Channing Tatum.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
With its nice combination of raunchy teen comedy and buddy cop bromance, 21 Jump Street successfully creates its own identity with no intention on copying the dynamic of the hit TV show that inspired it.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Unpredictable and very silly but with real emotional stakes, 21 Jump Street makes up for a shaggy script with a wily, endearing energy that feels like anything but a tired retread.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Holding its middle finger up to '80s retro-hounds, this remake gets it largely right. Fast, filthy, fresh and funny, Jump is worth a punt.
James Mottram - Total Film
It has a bad, slapstick first act but by midpoint becomes strangely compelling, tapping into the fantasy of reliving one's high-school years (which did a number on us all) and getting it right.
... it both overtly acknowledges how frequently awful it is for Hollywood to trade on shameless pre-packaged nostalgia while turning the original into something new with a voice all its own.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Lord and Miller have created an instant classic - an action movie that's as sweet as it is smart, and undeniably funny on top.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist