Pineapple Express Reviews

  • Pineapple Express is a fitfully amusing tale of drugs and crooks and general dilapidation, but the more it goes on, and the loopier it gets, the less it connects with experience. It becomes Apatow's hash-bar version of a cynical action joyride.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • As it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Watching this without having got stoned first is like watching a 3D movie without the special glasses. There are a few moderate laughs (and a nice Jude Law gag) but the full-on gory violence is disconcerting and unfunny.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • You don't have to be in an altered state to appreciate the ludicrous humor. The laughs -- mostly crude, profane and drug-addled -- are almost non-stop.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • This by turns inspired, goofy and finally weirdly hyper-violent celebration of male bonding and chronic Peter Panism joins such classics as Up in Smoke and the Harold & Kumar oeuvre in its sunny, raunchy acceptance of its own idiocy.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

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    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Guys, you're asking us to swallow a pot farce, a buddy thriller, an action parody, and a touching tale of two men on the run? You must be high.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • At last, a Judd Apatow production worth memorizing.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Watching good buds riff wears out its welcome after a half hour, and that's where a story really comes in handy. But when Pineapple goes from ganja to genre, it sours.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • You needn't be a pothead to enjoy Pineapple Express -- the movie; I mean the movie.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Pineapple Express presents viewers with an oxymoronic experience: the action stoner film.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • While this R-rated comedy is oh so lite, it also builds to some endearingly goofball conclusions about friendship and maybe, just maybe, responsibility. Though there's a hazy quality to the latter.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's empty and formulaic, with plotting that's lazy even by stoner-comedy standards. Without all the yuck-o sight gags, it would be a huge bummer.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Pineapple Express is the answer to the question, 'What would happen if a movie like this was made by a great director?'

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • At its sharpest, the script by [Seth]Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who co-wrote Superbad, recalls what made Superbad worth seeing: the sidewinding conversational riffs, the why-am-I-laughing? wordplay.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Never generates any big laughs, and the chase elements are so intentionally cliched they never take on a life of their own.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The movie's too long -- and the violence and mayhem are unexpectedly harsh and heavy -- but Franco's inspired, looped performance is right up there in the annals of reefer filmdom with Jeff Bridges' the Dude in The Big Lebowski.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Pineapple Express is the unlikeliest comedy of the summer. It's also going to be one of the best-loved.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Murder, marijuana and mayhem. Good times to the max, bro.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Sure, you'll laugh. It's funny. But your memories soon will be fuzzy, a little out of whack, and the next thing you'll know you'll have eaten an entire bag of Doritos. Or at least wish you had.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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