Cop Out Reviews

  • There's not a whole lot to Cop Out besides watching Kevin Smith pretend, with a crudeness that is simply boring, that he's an action director making a comic thriller about cops versus a Mexican drug gang (yawn).

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Cop Out does not amount to much more than a blooper reel in search of a movie.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Cop Out is foul-mouthed but not funny, bullet-riddled but not exciting, crammed with contrivances that go nowhere. And, perhaps worst of all, it musters up no chemistry between its buddy-cop leads.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What results is a tour de force of sheer comic energy that threatens to rip apart the film -- and its sodden, secondhand premise -- like a wad of used paper towels. It's a performance in search of a movie.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The movie wants to send up hoary action- and buddy-movie cliches, including the tinge of gay attraction that passes between the stars. But it's too fuzzily executed to pass muster as satire. Plus, it loves the cliches too much to subvert them.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Working with a full-on studio budget for the first time in his decade-and-a-half career, Smith is still making movies about guys just like him.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Because Smith has the ability to make a real artistic impact (and knows it), his disappointments tend to inspire deeper criticism than they deserve. This is no more a terrible movie than a great one; it's simply average.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Cop Out is like a parody of a parody of a parody, so derivative and desperate in its pleas for laughter that it's hard to tell when it's making fun of itself and when it has simply run out of ideas.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Cop Out is a little too well-shot to be full-on cheesy and too much a redux to be, well, as fresh as Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It just wants to remind audiences of something they've enjoyed before, like looking at an old photo album.

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • Many of the gags possibly looked good on paper, but watching Willis and Morgan struggle with them is like watching third graders do Noel Coward, if Noel Coward had been rewritten by Kevin Smith.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This is a lousy, invention-free script, and Kevin Smith -- an interesting and valuable filmmaker here doing his first direction-only work for hire -- cannot do anything to save it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Nothing to see here, keep moving.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's tough to screw up an omelet. But it can certainly be done.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Cop Out is a silly waste of time. In other words, it's just what we need right now.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Smith certainly does his thing here, delivering a film that's part celebration and part parody of the well-worn genre.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A movie that makes little sense, is dumb when it's not being stupid and yet is still at times laugh-out-loud funny.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The Willis-Morgan team is about as on point as four legs with the ankles missing. The sequel will undoubtedly star Adam Sandler and Chris Tucker.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Smith's directorial style is far too slack for this material, which aims to be an homage to populist '80s classics like 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon, but only winds up resembling one of the bargain-bin knockoffs that floundered in those films' wake.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Willis basically smirks his way through the proceedings, while the gifted Morgan often seems miserable as the butt of most of the film's gags.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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