“Definitely Something Worth Watching!”
“Its Goofball Plot Is Fun, But Gets Tiresome In Its Almost 2-hour Runtime.”
“The Near-perfect Stoner Mega Laughing-gas Action/comedy 'Express 'of 2008 With A Spindled Script, Great Conflict To This Good Story, With Good Action Scenes And Uproariously Laughs”
“Funny & Stupid!!”
“"...the Smoke Creates A Trifecta..."- Saul (James Franco)”
“Family Hates It, I Liked It”
“There Were Funny Moments In This Movie, But All They Do Is Smoke Pot.”
“Funny Movie Parodying Action, Buddy And Stoner Films”
“"Best Fucking Friends Forever. (BFFF.)"”
“A Stoner Movie For The Ages”
“Two Words: Fuck Yeah!!!”
“"Put That In Your Pipe And Smkoe It"”
“High As A Mutha!”
“Seth Rogen Does It Again.”
“I Thought Hurricane Season Was Over!”
“Another Hit From The Apatow Gang”
“Worth Watching If You're Into Stoner Movies & Gratuitous Violence...”
“A Great Movie, You'll Watch It And Be Happy.”
“Overall, The Pineapple Express Joins The Other Mediocre Comedies Of 2008”
“Funny Funny And Story”
“Lumberg Tells Rosie Perez To "say Something In Spanish". ”
“Non Stop Laughter!”
“DINNERS GONNA BE COLD TONIGHT BITCH!!!!!!!”
“You Got Served”
“"I'm Glad I Dipped In Your Ink" My Cheeks Hurt From Laughing So Much.........I Mean My Face.”
“Trifecta Of Weed Smoking Power!”
“Best Stoner/action Comedy Ever.”
“Hilarious And High, Stupid And Unoriginal, Pineapple Express Continues The Man-boy Slacker Stereotype Of American Men Who Refuse To Grow Up.”
“Rogen And Franco Take You On One Hilariously Wild Ride!”
“The Dopest Dope!”
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
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
John Anderson - Variety
While its genre-blurring may seem audacious by studio standards, in the end, Pineapple Express still feels too safe, too constrained by buddy-comedy uplift, to have any real bite.
Justin Chang - Variety
Frequently hilarious, occasionally sweet and often graphically violent, Pineapple Express may not be the greatest stoner movie ever made, but it will do perfectly well until we get another hit of Harold and Kumar.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This one takes the action comedy to places -- irresponsible, violent, and funny -- that it has never been before.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Apatow and Green are just throwing whatever they can at the screen, to see what will get either a laugh or a grimace. More likely the latter, since you'll likely leave the theatre wondering if you saw a comedy or a Sam Peckinpah movie.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
This is a movie with more stops and starts than a rural train on a milk run. Specifically, it's an action comedy that has a terrific accelerator but a really annoying brake.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The movie is so wayward and fuzzy that, for the unbaked, at least, there's very little pleasure to be had in trying to follow it. The thing is so desultory and aimless that it seems like work to try to laugh at it.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The swath of destruction these boys leave in their wake seems disproportionate to the prevailing mood of dopey fun.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The humor in this movie is smart enough that even a moderate level of intoxication or inebriation is not necessary to enjoy it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A drug-fueled caper that doesn't stint on chronically loopy characters and ridiculously funny situations.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Green naturally has a sure hand when it comes to the dialogue and the smaller moments -- it's his big, violent set pieces that lack any discernible pizazz.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A comedy that brings a nicely deflating note of realism to action-film mayhem, as well as being one of the few drug movies you don't have to be high to enjoy.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Rogen, Franco and McBride are on the march into stoner legend.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Your love of it will largely depend on how funny you find a movie with 85 percent of the jokes based on smoking weed. For the rest of you a lot of it is going to feel very silly, crammed with potty humor and overly long for such a simple subject matter.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Given that cast, crew and audience were and will be baked throughout, Pineapple Express just about earns itself a pass.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
This is possibly the first time a blackened, burnt corpse is played for laughs. It all flows by like so much sugar water.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
In the end, that feel-good factor overrides occasional moments of discomfort.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Dave White - Movies.com
The movie runs red with both blood and cherry Slushies ... There's also more male affection on display here than, well, since 'Superbad' and that cowboy movie that people still complain to me about.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Enjoyable, but probably only as funny as it thinks it is if you're as high as Judd Apatow's salary.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Pineapple Express is good for a few laughs but little more; it's low-grade Apatow--I think they used to call it dirt weed.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
I'm happy anyway to see that Green can wield his considerable skill in a completely different form, with the result being such a fun movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Definitely can not be compared to Superbad or Knocked Up, but another secure comedy brought to use by both Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
More an inconsistent collection of gags and skits than a cohesive feature, but the highs are funny and the lows hard to get worked up about, so we still walk away smiling.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Pineapple Express is funny, but it's not outrageously funny. Such material needs to be outrageously funny to succeed.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The problem about being hopelessly stoned is that you also become hopelessly boring. So it is here.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Pineapple Express is a highly entertaining, offbeat comedy-thriller that has Future Cult Movie written all over it. Recommended.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Though there are funny one-liners early on, the script becomes increasingly lazy, while the violence which takes over the second half feels as if it belongs to a different picture.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The Freaks And Geeks boys prove that weedy action men are where it's at. Pineapple Express sometimes zones out but mostly blows minds and inspires some delirious giggles. Like the titular grass, really.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
More half-baked than Superbad or Knocked Up but still solidly entertaining, if unnecessarily violent, and with a great performance from James Franco.
Leigh Singer - Film4
Pineapple Express descends from patchy comedy to decidedly daft action send-up.
- Daily Mirror [UK]
But there's still time for a gloriously unexpected coda, a moment of quiet reflection and narrative ingenuity that confirms 'Pineapple Express' as the finest comedy of the year.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
The theoretically fail-safe team of the writer/actor Seth Rogen and co-writer/ producer Judd Apatow - the Knocked Up duo - deliver a funnybone- clobbering spree with more energy than wit.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Fans of David Gordon Green, you may well leave feeling confused. Fans of daft laughs and James Franco, you're in for one of the funniest comedies of the year.
- Empire Magazine
The first half-hour floats by on a cloud of mildly funny lines ("couscous - the food so nice they named it twice"), but then slumps into a derivative action caper that's weirdly and unappealingly reminiscent of Eighties dross like Beverly Hills Cop.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Pineapple Express has its fair share of laughs, but it's a fundamentally heartless and unlovable minor work from Team Apatow.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
This is a Class A comedy about Class B drugs. It has a Rizla-thin plot but Camberwell-carrot sized laughs.
- Sun Online
Apatow's former confidence about not underestimating the intelligence of his audiences seems to have largely disappeared.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
As stoner comedies go, it's of a high enough grade for even Cheech & Chong themselves to put it in a Rizla and smoke it.
Rich Phippen - Sky Movies
It shouldn't be funny. It has drugs, immature grown men, car chases, guns - even a modern remake of Mary Poppins would get this lot in nowadays. But you'll laugh.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Another winner from the Apatow factory, this is a stoner comedy that soars.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
My companions had varying degrees of a good time (from "not" to "more than expected") but I think if you can love these guys, you can dig this violent bromantic action-comedy.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
It's pretty pointless, really, but the characters are so engaging that we can't help but fall for them
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A rare thing: a stoner comedy where being stoned isn't a requirement to enjoying it.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
One might suggest audience members indulge in a little recreational activity before entering the theatre but I'm not sure that will increase your laugh intake all that much. So I'll advise you to just say "maybe."
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
A warm and fuzzy sendup of Reagan-era action-film iconography, it's sort of like what might happen if Cheech and Chong played Tango and Cash.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Pineapple Express is a mess, but a wonderful one. It's not the ultimate movie about pot that I was expecting, instead it's a great ordinary-man action movie.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Tied together by a performance from Franco that has the misfortune of being familiar and human in the middle of a lot of low-aspiring blarney.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Cheech and Chong meets Scarface.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Despite the "smoking pot" refrain, PE finds a way to charm. These guys really seem to enjoy each others' company and are happy to welcome you into their little group.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
... if you are going to have a couple of dumb asses running around like total idiots, you could do a lot worse than Rogen and Franco.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The guns-blazing, body-count-mounting final act is a wasted opportunity -- and not in a good wasted way.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
A stoner comedy, an action comedy, an action thriller, a typical Apatovian man-boy opus or a male-bonding romance. The problem is it's not very good at any of these things.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Think of it as Lethal Weapon if Martin Riggs dealt pot from their dingy apartment instead of working for the LAPD.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Long on concept and short on most everything else except kinetic energy.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Movie about the high life provides low level of entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Produced by Judd Apatow and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Pineapple Express serves up a combination of The Big Lebowski, True Romance, and Hot Fuzz.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Never makes more than a surface impression, albeit a fitfully amusing one.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
...stoner humor is primarily funny to people who are stoned.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
...an above-average contemporary "stoner" comedy.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Watching Pineapple Express is like sitting dead sober in a room with a bunch of stoned people who are laughing uproariously. They're having a great time. You're not.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
I can live without the drug murders and chases, but sitting around over breakfast with some new friends makes for a primo comedy, and another crowd-friendly hit for Judd Apatow.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
An odd but intermittently pleasing experiment that might lose stoners with its gore and action fans with its glazed, circular weed chat.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
There's a lot less time available to get high than just laying low, for this chemically disoriented pair. Pineapple Express, a mixed bag of assorted fruits and nuts, with doper loons on the lam waiting to inhale.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Stoner-based or not, good comedy shouldn't need any help from the baggie in your pocket.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The bromance genre is alive and well and it just gave me a pickle craving.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Sidesplitting, high attrition-rate, S&M slapstick where you get to savor the sight of characters getting tortured to death about five times each, if that's your bag of grass.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The latest entry in the stoner comedy fray, Pineapple Express, is one of the funniest in that line, raucously and riotously celebrating the genre while making it fresh and modern.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
The biggest surprise in the acting department is James Franco, who is very funny as a stoned drug dealer.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The noisier and bloodier it gets, the more you notice how uninspired the movie is. If you're high, this might not be a problem. But for the rest of us, it's a bit of a drag.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
You're in for a mildly entertaining ride through lowbrow slapstick action violence. Just don't ask for a seat in the non-smoking section.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
If Pineapple Express works at all, it's likely to be for people willing to slip into the diner booth with these fellows and laugh along with them. The rest of us will often feel like we're merely watching a stoned friend have the time of his life.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
The uneven comedy had its hilarious moments.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Pineapple Express is so filled with verve and wit for much of its running time that it's depressing to watch it devolve into genuine foolishness and borderline incoherence in its final act.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
...has the slightly seedy look of a low-budget '70s film and an uncanny instinct for the way some people think and behave under the influence.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette