End of Watch Reviews

  • Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The shaky camera work -- often a gimmicky stylistic option -- is an effective choice here, both as a story element and a technique.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A portrait of law enforcement under pressure that is as ennobling as it is gritty.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • There are 6 million cop shows on television right now. On none of them have I heard two men speak to each other with as much natural affinity as these two.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • As social insight, End of Watch is useless, but as engrossing entertainment, it's irresistible, thanks to Ayer's gift for dialogue, the relentless pacing set by film editor Dody Dorn, and gorgeous performances by Gyllenhaal and Pena ...

    Chuck Wilson — Village Voice

  • The actors, both excellent, get right into Ayer's groove. So by the time we arrive at the unsparing climax, we really know and care about these guys.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Shallow down inside, "End of Watch" is a music-video Frappuccino of quick cuts, sparkling banter, serial crises, grisly violence and tongue-jerk profanity.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • What saves this cop show from its predictable tropes and cliches are terrific performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, who've got each other's backs as actors and as "brothers" in law enforcement.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • Gyllenhall and Pena have chemistry together and charisma individually.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Jumpy and exciting.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • "End of Watch" is one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's not a pretty job. But it's a pretty awesome film.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ayer brings a rough, aggressive energy to the picture, staying within the broad outlines of the buddy-cop formula but investing the characters with no-bull authenticity.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Gyllenhaal and the perpetually under-rated Pena have a wonderful way of bouncing off one another and Ayers is wise to make this the energy that drives the movie instead of mere violence.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Writer and director David Ayer manages to overcome the shortcomings of the genre, many of which are present here, with great chemistry between his actors and sheer momentum.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Like a knife in the eye, End of Watch cuts past the cliches of standard police procedurals, serving instead as a visceral ride-along with two thrill-seeking cops.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Gyllenhaal and Pena have great chemistry together ... in their best performances to date.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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