21 Jump Street Reviews

  • 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

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