Observe and Report Reviews

  • A crazy mosaic of Americana with tiles scattered and missing. Need I observe and report that the view isn't for every taste? It sure is for mine.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A potentially brilliant conceptual comedy that fizzles because its writer and director, Jody Hill, doesn't have the guts to go with his spleen.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Again and again, you almost laugh at something that is almost good, and then there is a clumsy and misjudged moment of crassness. I'm all for bad taste and black comedy and grossout. But it has to be funny.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • When Observe and Report is funny, it's often shockingly so. The characters can be nasty or self-absorbed, yet they still have a whiff of sweetness.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Given that the ordinarily likable Seth Rogen is portraying a delusional, violent, sexist, racist, homophobic mall cop with a bipolar disorder, there's not really a lot to laugh at.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • It's the strangest movie I expect to see from a Hollywood studio for the rest of the year.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Ronnie the Mall Cop is as an iconic expression of irate proletarian populism and brainless role-playing as Joe the Plumber or Rush the Limbaugh -- identify or ignore at your peril.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness, Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A few of the less repeatable lines hit their marks, but the whole affair has the pasty-faced desperation of shoppers trapped in fluorescent light.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Aggressively mean and even more aggressively stupid.

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • Meet mall cop Paul Blart's evil, unfunny twin.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Observe and Report is the rare 'action-comedy' (almost always a muddled hybrid) that earns its cathartic climax. The blood is real because the psychosis is real. But somehow -- the magic of comedy -- it's also uproarious.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • [Director Jody] Hill can create only one sort of protagonist, and half the time he's stuck in a gray area between satirizing the firearms-obsessed, multidirectionally offensive Ronnie and embracing him.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I've observed this Seth Rogen comedy, and I can report that it's not very good.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • As funny as it is sick (and it's plenty of both).

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • There won't be a more polarizing comedy released in 2009 than Observe and Report. This audacious, subversive action comedy turns two of our cuddliest performers, Seth Rogen and Anna Faris, into poster kids for atrocious misbehavior.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Writer-director Jody Hill is obviously trying to accomplish something here. But just what is none too clear.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • You have to respect Hill's willingness to continually go to any length without so much as a flinch to get a laugh. But that doesn't mean you'll continually enjoy it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • I don't want to oversell it, but Observe and Report is the sort of offbeat studio movie that should be encouraged.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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