“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Seth Rogen Brings His Best Performance Yet In 'Observe And Report' That Shows Some Good Points In Dark, Sick And Funny Ways”
“Let Me Ask You Something - How Much Did They Get Paid To Storm Normandy, How Much Did King Arthur Get Paid To Kill Merlin, How Much Did They Get Paid To Invent Television? Nothing. They Did It Because They Knew It Was Right. ”
“Third Time Around.”
“In These Dark Times, People Need Something To Believe In.”
“No Need To Thank Me, I'm Just A Man With A Gun. ”
“When I Paint My Masterpiece..”
“Great Movie, With Dark But Hilarious Humor.”
“I Accept You”
“Hilarious And Oddly Heartbreaking, This Is Seth Rogen's Best Film To Date. Beautiful And Weird, It's One Of The Craziest Comedies I've Seen In A Long Time. I Loved Every Minute Of It.”
“Right Now, The World Needs A Hero!”
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
In its own demented Pineapple-Foot Fist-Four Letter Word Way, Observe and Report delivers a cynical, angry and funny take on a life of loud, violent desperation.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
[Director] Hill evidently intends his film to be satirical. But satire requires intelligence to succeed. Observe and Report has a moronic sense of humour, trading in racism, sexism, profanity and violence at every predictable turn.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Observe and Report wants very desperately to be a dark comedy. But it doesn't quite get there, as it's not funny enough to hit the comedy dismount and not clever enough to go fully dark.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The tone of the film wavers queasily, though intentionally, between slapstick and shock.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The whole thing is calibrated to wow us with its weirdness, even as it assumes an air of 'Who, me?' guilelessness. I've seen slick, glossy Hollywood thrillers made with less knowing calculation.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Observe and Report tickets should come with a free breath mint, because however hard you've been laughing, that ending leaves a seriously bad taste in your mouth.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It falls short of brilliant but it's a lot more daring than what passes for 'dark comedy' these days, and it reminds us that 'feel bad' comedies may not always be as funny as 'feel good' ones but, when they work, they can ultimately be more satisfying.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Partly but not completely thanks to Rogen's committed performance, Observe manages the funny-pathetic arc of its story line vastly better than Hill's debut film The Foot Fist Way.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
A series of hit-and-miss non sequiturs in which his characters mostly humiliate and injure themselves and others.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Beyond the weirdness, if you can get there, is a quick portrait of trailer-park America pursuing its urges by any means necessary.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Observe and Report revels in creeping you out and making you laugh -- hard.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
There is no moral to this story, and there's not much comedy either.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This is one of the best comedies of the decade, and I suggest you check it out immediately - just don't take your grandmother.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
For those who appreciate laughs spiked with venom.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
It's a full-scale, contemptuous attack on the mall mentality.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
A seriously bizarre little movie...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
If you enjoy this film, it might just be time to examine the stability of your own psychological wellbeing. I loved Observe and Report, and that's a terrifying reality I have to deal with.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Seth Rogen hardens his Hanna-Barbera face to become what he's never been before: Damn scary. Fiendishly misanthropic, unnervingly funny and dangerously subversive, Jody Hill hybridizes "Taxi Driver" into a satire of major laughs and grim subtext.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
That playlist proves that Observe and Report was shaped by a hip sensibility. Shame that sensibility didn't have more effect on the script.
Mark Jenkins - NPR.org
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Rogen and writer-director Jody Hill wring out of it a scary-funny character study about a warped man and his twisted sense of what it means to be a hero.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
Here's an observation--Jody Hill's bum comedy fails to live up to the potential of its two talented stars, Seth Rogen and Anna Farris. As for the story, here's the report. It's stupid.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
If this were an audition reel and I was the head of a studio I'd call security to make sure this guy Seth Rogen and his writer-director Jody Hill never got near enough to my office to cast a shadow on it.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
...gets increasingly bleak and ludicrous as it goes along, until it ends on a sentimental yet still rude and vulgar note. The movie is relentless.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
As raunchy and as nihilistic as a two-minute punk song. It has its envelope-pushing rewards, at times .. but it tends to make its single-minded point over and over. After a short while, you begin to wonder: Is there anything on its mind? There isn't.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Observe and reject
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
You can cheer on "Paul Blart," something impossible in "Observe and Report," which is much darker. It does have some occasional funny moments, but they don't feel fresh
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A downright dumb film
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The latest in a long line of mean spirited, snark filled, low down comedies that while it lasts gives stereotyping a good name.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Dean Essner - Urban Cinefile
Much of the movie is just plain vicious. At best, it's sad and grotesque, rather than hilarious.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The hideous thing is that the film is modelling behaviour for young men who might still think it's all hilarious.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Ronnie's corruption is not an easy journey to absorb, but Observe and Report is committed to the hellish descent all the way.
Brian Orndorf - Dark Horizons
Offers a surprising journey if you're prepared to ride along with Ronnie, his security cart, and his attitude.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
Observe And Report is all pain and no gain. Avoid at all costs.
Pauline Adamek - FILMINK (Australia)
It's not consistently on-the-money, but Observe and Report's subversive humour should be applauded - even if it isn't as witty as it thinks it is.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
Writer-director Jody Hill thinks he's trying to push the envelope but doesn't know in which direction, or why.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Dean Essner - Daily Telegraph
Writer-director Jody Hill attempts a difficult balancing act, so he can be forgiven for occasionally stumbling between laughter and squirms.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
What is truly offensive is that a studio would say no to dozens of worthwhile projects and green light this garbage.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A funny version of Taxi Driver is a dubious proposition to begin with, and writer-director Jody Hill botches it from the start.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Does this film warrant one star for being so ugly, violent, misogynistic, sexist and racist - or five stars for being a daring and disturbing study of the violence, ugliness, sexism and racism of the ordinary American male?
Cosmo Landesman - Times [UK]
Often more funny peculiar than funny ha-ha, this cult flick will offend and baffle plenty an audience member.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine
Lovable Seth Rogen tries something a little different in Observe And Report and it really doesn't work.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Though it's often darkly amusing, it would be a mistake to label it as an out and out comedy and what it most certainly is not is a less family friendly version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
The bleakly savage comedy Observe and Report is very nearly a great, if somewhat disturbing, film. What lets it down is not the gratuitous violence and foul language - it's that it doesn't go far enough.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
If writer-director Jody Hill provides Rogen with pretty slim opportunities, the biggish man remains a gloriously robust talent. Heck, he's even able to ring laughs from such fundamentally unfunny topics as bipolar disorder and alcoholism.
Richard Luck - Film4
Director-writer Jody Hill wants it both ways -- as absurdist comedy and serious character study -- and falls short twice.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
This mall cop may be more Bickle than Blart, but Observe And Report tries too hard to be edgy, while its gloomy observations fail to produce a cohesive whole. Shop elsewhere.
Tony Horkins - Total Film
This dark and bleak comedy is an oddball affair, with Seth Rogen brilliant as a bipolar guard.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
Having observed Seth Rogen's latest comedy, may I report that it's not very good. And if that seems like a tedious pun (even by my standards), that's because I've just sat through an hour and a half of them.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Offbeat and violent with laughs that frequently stick in the throat, this isn't Knocked Up but if the idea of Napoleon Dynamite meets First Blood appeals, you'll go home smiling.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Far from being another lazy comedy about a fat rentacop trying to prove himself, Observe and Report is an extremely disturbing comedy about a fat rentacop trying to prove himself.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Bracing, bleak and berserk, this is a film which laughs in the face of American intolerance, and comes up punch-drunk and grinning.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
An odd one. Rogen's latest clown is an angry, confused man who you never feel entirely comfortable laughing at. There are laughs - you'll just feel guilty afterwards...
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Dark, subversive and politically incorrect humour can be brilliant in capable hands and with the right purpose (like the wonderful South Park), but here it's offensively bereft of any wit and is simply unpleasant.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Jody Hill's ambiguous and unsettling film is a comedy about law enforcement in much the same way that Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a comedy about comedy.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It has a few big laughs, though it is so mean-spirited and is so determined to outrage that a lot of audiences won't be able to enjoy it.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Observe and Report desperately wants to be Bad Santa, but its handful of decent moments fail to compensate for a wildly uneven tone, several badly misjudged scenes and the fact that the film just simply isn't funny.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The comedy isn't funny enough and the black-comic edge isn't nearly nasty enough.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Reminded me of the work of Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
The genius of casting Seth Rogan as Ronnie cannot be overstated. There is in him an innate likeability that overcomes the character's very real darkness
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Observe and Report proposes that a man who feels worthless is capable of a violent rage. If this sounds edgy, it's not.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
What would happen if the Michael Douglas character from 'Falling Down' and the character of Travis Bickle from 'Taxi Driver' became trapped in an adult comedy?
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is a movie about damaged, deranged people, who you wouldn't want to be near if you met them in real life.You'll ask yourself if you should be laughing- until you shrug and laugh anyway.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
a strange, slightly disconcerting, and at times aggressively insistent wince-inducing comedy
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Brutally, demonically funny.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Hill pushes his characters right to the edge of horribleness while keeping them brutally funny.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Seth Rogen's reliable charm finally meets its match in this strained, unfunny script
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Not for all tastes, but a true groundbreaker.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
One exits feeling not amused, but sullied, weary.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
The movie invites us into a world of bitterly unhappy people and rubs our noses in their failings. It's disquieting and eerily perverse, but somehow, despite itself, very funny.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Hill is finding his own voice as an original comedic filmmaker, however spotty he may be.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Who knew it was in 3-D; dark, depressing and dull
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Imagine a Kevin Smith film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Yeah.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Ronnie may very well be the most appalling and wicked comedy protagonist ever... [the film] does not particularly care about being liked, and it's surely not to all tastes.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's not a good film, but it's a funny one.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
If a mall security flunkie is ever trading mace with bullets during a "Sbarro's hostage incident," he better hope the punk with the gun saw Observe and Report instead of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
If a darker, more depraved R-rated version of Paul Blart is what you've been waiting for, then this mall cop is for you!
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
You don't relate or enjoy watching Seth Rogen's character on screen.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
I don't think it's much of a comedy. The darkness overpowers everything.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Imagine Taxi Driver or The King of Comedy if everyone in sight had been written and performed as a maladjusted loser.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
[Celia Watson] steals almost every scene she is in, even when she is passed out drunk on the floor.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This pitch black comedy has more in common with Taxi Driver or Oldboy than with a Judd Apatow flick.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Lets it all hang out, and we're not talking danglingly plot threads. And the wicked humor never lets up, as the tone deliciously darkens just when it seems there's nowhere left to go. Better than Blart and Dirtier Than Harry.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
I suppose this movie could've been worse. I'm just not sure how.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
A comedy so dark you have to turn the house lights on to see the screen.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Hill's lopsided laugher is bizarrely charming and frothy in its impishness of impropriety...Roguishly appalling but unapologetic in its mindlessness...
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
'O & R' focuses on characters instead of plot, which may bother some viewers. However, the movie worked for me because of its excellent performances.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Dumb and pointless
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
[It] has its laughs, but also has its moments where you're can't help but shake your head, saddened or appalled that someone thought this was funny.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's the best comedy of the year so far because it demands that you forget your ideas about when it's okay to laugh.
Dave White - Movies.com
Some funny performances are lost in the cloud of cruelty.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Rogen's character -- like Jim Carrey's Cable Guy -- is a sad, fascinating fellow who will deserve re-visiting and re-considering in subsequent viewings.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Director Jody Hill presents all of this as a comedy, somewhere between absurdist and black -- like Napoleon Dynamite meets Martin Scorsese.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Observe and Report strikes me as a comedy in perfect pace with this moment. It's funny and uncompromising, offering laughs without denial.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
The Jody Hill aesthetic is an acquired taste %u2013 one I thought I had but which Observe and Report tested severely.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Observe and Report is bold, raw and uncompromising. It's also an unqualified mess.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Even for those who relish no-holds-barred humor, there's a point when the most outrageous, caustic comedy can slide from cutting and absurd to just plain mean.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Observe and Report is...not afraid to take chances, to push envelopes, and explore elements that usually don't make it into a satire or spoof.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Well, that's 85 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
I'm not sure how many lovable schlubs Rogen agreed to play in Judd Apatow comedies to get this dark little piece made, but I'm delighted he took the risk.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Bitter, ugly and painful to watch. Given the choice between a repeated bludgeoning with a tire iron and sitting through Observe and Report, go with the tire iron, you'll feel better when it's over.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Seth Rogen's wasted in this comedy of errors.
Kurt Loder - MTV
With admirably funkiness and bold flavor, Hill has made the anti-Blart...but at a time when we've seen seven mass shootings in a month, do we really need the comedy version of Taxi Driver?
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Observe and Report is a lot better when it's being funny than when it's rummaging in the shadows.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
If you laugh at all - which I admittedly did - it is sometimes laughing at the political/social incorrectness of [the main character], and sometimes laughing at the sheer audacity of the film.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's a comedy with a foot on the neck of the Zeitgeist, and it's this pressure on our trachea that crushes the laughter in our throats.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Edgy and exploitive, this vigilante story earns its R-rating for pushing the acceptable boundaries of crude, dark comedy - but it's not for mainstream audiences.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
[T]he upbeat ending--which comes on the heels of a genuinely shocking climax--is so incongruous that, as with The King of Comedy, it almost seems we're being dared to question whether it is real or delusion.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
He's creepy, offensive and irritating.
Dean Essner - Kansas City Star
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
How much you're entertained will likely depend on your own taste as well as your appreciation for Hill's subversion of feel-good Hollywood norms.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It's like there's a really great dark comedy in there desperately trying to get out, but it can't because fart jokes make more money.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
A spiritual exercise for the heart that offers us a chance to look for the good in a socially awkward, bigoted, violent, and loathsome individual.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Perfect; it's dark and strange and dances right on the edge of being completely mean and unfriendly, but manages to keep from tumbling over. It's f***ing amazing.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
If Paul Blart was a chubby but loveable friend of the family, then Observe and Report is its mentally unbalanced, just-out-of-prison, suicidal older brother.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
A static one-ring circus revolving around a ringmaster who's also a low clown.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Walking out of Observe and Report, I was torn between categorical loathing and perverse admiration.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
For people disappointed that Paul Blart didn't have more violence, booze, drugs, date rape, f-bombs, 'retarded' insults and full frontal penis shots.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
One of the strangest and most daring films of the last five years.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
There's nothing cute or predictable about Observe and Report. And that's precisely why it works.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
I am all for perverse and dark comedy, but is it too much to ask for it to actually be consistently funny?
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Paul Blart: Mall Cop is TV squeaky clean. Observe and Report. has four-letter words, raunchy dialogue, drug use and female and male nudity. It is also light years funnier.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Mindless, silly and outrageously funny with hilarious, lively comedic performances and plenty of bold, inane and mean-spirited humor.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Observe and Report is one of those films that leaves you feeling confused about what you just watched. Luckily the last five minutes make up for the rest of the film.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
A weirdly timely, pitch-black comedy about America the Insanely Angry.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
In the end, Observe and Report falls in the somewhat confusing middle -- guaranteed to annoy the mainstream while not quite delivering the final twist and bitter irony the true comic cultists crave.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's a comedy in which the humor is based on taking everything to the extreme, not only in terms of grossness, but also in terms of messing with our expectations.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A sophisticated comedy about an unhinged doofus, Observe and Report falters under the weight of its ambitions.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Unsure if it's supposed to make you love or loathe all the ugly behavior and cheap gags, Observe and Report will make you squirm for all the wrong reasons.
N.V. Cooper - E! Online
By taking chances and freeing itself of a safety net, the picture arrives as a welcome respite to the same-old, same-old.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Here's the simplest way to put it: if you liked the over-the-top, brutal finale of Pineapple Express, you'll most likely find yourself enjoying Observe and Report...
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Soon, Rogen will muscle up into the role he really wants: Rambo. That explains the shoot-em-up climax of Pineapple Express, an unfunny joke now stretched out into a full flick
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Something of a cross between the formalist whimsy of Wes Anderson and the God's-lonely-man psychosis of Taxi Driver, the film breaks all the rules, but the tonal schizophrenia that results isn't an accident.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Like "Foot Fist," "Observe and Report" is about grating, dysfunctional males and the sluts they love and inappropriate behavior alone does not equal comedy.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I have no affection for this movie but I have to admit to a grudging admiration for its willingness to be awkward, intrusive, and disturbing.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Here's hoping the talented Rogen, in the future, sifts out junk like this from the many opportunities before him.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
a pubescent fantasy where the characters act like they're inside a cartoon and there are simply no consequences for their actions
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Natasha Vargas-Cooper - E! Online
Subplots come and go with zero regard for narrative integrity.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Observe and Report is the evil twin of Paul Blart, which had a soft heart but no nerve. This flick is almost criminally cynical, but delinquents will think there's something arresting about a movie whose mission is disturbing the peace.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[A] startling portrait of knee-jerk ignorance, obliviousness, and mean-spiritedness... Rogen's wholehearted devotion to the character imbues him with a solid reality, if a miserable one...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A hit-and-miss curio.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
One of the ballsier comedies to come from a big studio in some time that's likely going to tear at audience's expectations but, hopefully, will have them appreciating its creators.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
An acidic, anarchic layer cake of mental illness with comedy teddy bear Seth Rogen as its seal of approval. It'll be fascinating to see how this demented, treehouse feature is received by audiences accustomed to far bouncier takes on smutty giggles.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
You can't root for Ronnie. You can't identify with him. You can't hope he gets the girl - any girl -- or the police job or even the crook. But you may want to look on with stunned fascination as he ticks away, ready to explode.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Observe and Report feels more like a series of not-quite-successful skits thrown together than a movie with a script.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
For better or worse, the weirdest, wildest comedy of the year so far.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
It is so good and funny that as far as I am concerned, Jody Hill has officially been forgiven for "The Foot Fist Way."
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Not only is the movie itself upsetting, but there's the thought that Paul Blart has turned out to be the funny mall cop movie.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A fascinatingly bizarre dark comedy, an abrasive and occasionally mean-spirited tale that succeeds by being completely committed to its ideas.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
In other words, if Paul Blart were a monthly comic, and Alan Moore took over the writing, this might be the result.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
It's a film made with the naughty rush of kids getting away with something crazy behind their parents' backs.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
I just think it could have gone further, which is to say I'm so desensitized to violence that beating up children and vandalizing public spaces feels too tame to me.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Warner Bros. takes a gamble on writer-director Jody Hill's sophomore effort, a pitch-black comedy that's sure to inspire rants and raves in equal measure.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Consumer America and flashers? Both ripe for laughs. But in Hill's hands, they're sad and frightening instead.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Quite crude, quite funny. Good at what it sets out to do %u2013 make us giggle, but that serious part of me wanted the picture to take its serious side one or two steps further.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
If I could review the film in halves, I'd give the comedy act *** and the drama *.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
...an occasionally amusing, persistently disturbing comedy that at times plays like a bipolar-disorder episode from the inside out.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Violence in the unimaginatively titled Observe and Report is loud and blunt -- making it the ugliest, most hate-filled comedy since Borat.
Armond White - New York Press
The most telling line of dialogue comes from another cop: 'I thought this would be kind of funny, but it's kind of sad.' True enough, and sad can be made to work -- sometimes.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Comparisons to the similarly set and massively popular Paul Blart: Mall Cop will inevitably pop up, but where the Kevin James comedy played things broad and safe, Hill's latest is anything but. Unlikable characters, gratuitous male nudity, a dry and somet
Rick Mele - AskMen.com
If you would have told me that Kevin James and Seth Rogen would basically make the same movie and both would have come out the same, I wouldn't have believed you.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Things go from bad to worse to violent and yet -- as in Pineapple Express, which also starred Rogen -- the film never stops being funny, even though you'll find yourself squirming more and more over Ronnie's behavior.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
It's Paul Blart with a nasty streak, a perverse kind of farce that most people will be more likely to recoil from than to laugh at.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Ronnie, in the vernacular of movie icons, is Travis Bickle meets Paul Blart: which made me miss Borat all the more.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
It's like Taxi Driver meets The Big Lebowski, a sick and morally bankrupt combination which absolutely should not work, yet does.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
If you feel uncomfortable with the film's mixture of comedy and violence, that's all to the good: director Jody Hill pushes the envelope in this often riotous genre-buster.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This mall cop makes Paul Blart look good, and that's not saying much.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Uneven at best... But say what you will about Hill's sicko, squirmy humor, at least it's distinctive.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Jody Hill takes Ben Stiller's comedy-of-awkwardness to painfully uncomfortable, extreme realms, offering up unrepentantly disagreeable characters who confront their deep insecurities through psychotic displays of machismo.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Jody Hill claims he was inspired by Scorsese's Taxi Driver (you can add King of Comedy) but his comedy tries too hard to be edgy, dark, change the defintion of the genre.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"Observe and Report" is a laugh-'till-it-hurts comedy that sticks with you for all of the troubling questions it raises about our society.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A dark, daring and very funny R-rated comedy that wears its penchant for bad taste like a badge of honor.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
If it were funnier or remotely well made, you could take the beat down in stride, but writer/director Jody Hill has located the dark and mislaid the comedy, turning star Seth Rogen into a psychotic Barney Fife.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
Hill and Rogen made precisely the strange little comedy that they wanted to. Trust me when I say that this is NOT your typical studio farce, and that's a wonderful freakin' thing.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Watching Observe And Report is like babysitting a hyperactive boy -- it's precocious, unpredictable and amusing in small stretches, but after a while you wish it would settle down and focus.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
If you think full frontal male nudity, "Old Boy"-style asskickings, date rape, and elderly incontinence are hilarious, you are in for a treat.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews