It's a comedy of manhood for the age of emasculation.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
What would have been very funny for 15 minutes, and pretty funny for 45, doesn't maintain the standard over the course of a feature-length film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The Other Guys takes stuff that, as a rule, isn't particularly funny, and tries to make you laugh. More often than not, it succeeds.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
What seems like another desperate adventure in stunt casting turns out to be a combustible comic bounty.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Somebody didn't pack enough comedy for this long trip -- the punchlines in the movie's second half are often callbacks to jokes you may not fondly remember from the first, until every gag is united with its mate.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
There are as many hits as there are misses, thanks to the dedication of both leads.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
A summer movie that honors summer-movie conventions with a vengeance.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Through it all, Ferrell is as Ferrell does. He's a non sequitur with frizz.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
They may not be Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder , but Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have a pretty good thing going.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
At times, there's an "everything but the kitchen sink" quality to the joke grab. But it works.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Highbrow, lowbrow and no-brow, inspired by improvisation yet connected to the structure of a plot and the traditions of a genre, "The Other Guys" is that rare modern comedy as smart as it is crazy, and as skillful as it is silly.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
As with the war-film goof Tropic Thunder, you wonder if a smaller, scruffier-looking version of the same movie would have yielded bigger comic payoffs.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This is the fourth feature that Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay have collaborated on, and once again they deliver laugh-out-loud if ultimately disposable comedy with mixed messages about arrested male development.
Joshua Katzman - Chicago Reader
The Other Guys boasts perhaps three legitimately funny sequences in all its belabored 107 minutes.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Do we really need another buddy-cop comedy? While stupefying, the answer is, surprisingly, "yes."
Tom Horgen - Minneapolis Star Tribune
In terms of flat-out nonstop laughter, it's the best comedy of the summer.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's sneaky and smartly funny, offering an almost perfect balance of action and comedy.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The laughs ultimately take a backseat to a convoluted white-collar crime story.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Forgets it's a comedy and starts burrowing into a convoluted but uninteresting financial scandal involving an evil capitalist played by Steve Coogan.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The Other Guys is a Ponzi scheme of a comedy, a buddy action picture cluttered with funny characters and hilarious moments.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Dead horse, meet floggers.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Deteriorates into something resembling Rush Hour 3.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is a startling late-summer surprise that's hysterically funny when it's not falling on its face.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
There's just a bit too much formula and not quite enough insane-asylum lunacy.
Josh Levin - Slate
For the most part, the jokes have punch lines, which is too rarely the case in big-budget comedies.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Just when it seemed like the once-robust buddy-cop action-comedy was going to require a do-not-resuscitate order, along comes Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to show 'em how it's done.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
You should really meet and get to know these guys for yourself.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Like some silly summer song that can't be shaken from the mind, this is a catchy enterprise, no better than it tries to be and no less funny.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Don't let anyone spoil the wildly hilarious surprises. Ferrell and Wahlberg will double your fun. Guaranteed.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Note to Kevin Smith: THIS is how you do a spoof of the buddy-cop genre.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
The plot doesn't always hold water and it has a tendency to ramble, but they don't seem to care. And honestly, neither should you.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
"The Other Guys" gets completely sidetracked with its seemingly tacked-on high concept about busting white-collar crimes perpetrated by sinister multinational conglomerates.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
The Other Guys is the rare big-budget studio comedy that knows how to allocate its resources.
Jesse Hassenger - PopMatters
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have excellent chemistry, and provide for a lot of funny moments, but a poorly written plot and some forced jokes make The Other Guys only a good, not great comedy.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
One of the biggest problems overall, besides the lack of comedy, was the lack of story.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ferrell hasn't been this funny in years.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The first 30 minutes of the film, where this concept is really milked to the max, easily makes for some of the funniest comedy of the year.
Mike Edwards - What Culture
The Other Guys is the sort of movie that generates some of its best jokes quietly in the background or as quick-hit throwaway lines, while other terrific gags are defiantly over the top.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Not all of the gags pan out, but when they do they get more than a few chuckles.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Juxtaposes the excesses of our unregulated financial sector with the excesses of the buddy cop movie.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
There are quite a few fun and hilarious moments to be had thanks to a knockout supporting cast, but there's a reason we've never followed "the other guys" before.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Even the credits at the end of the film are smart, detailing the inequities of CEO pay and the government bailout of AIG and large banking firms.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The Other Guys isn't as loose and free associative as its predecessors, planting Ferrell in the middle of a routine mismatched cop plot that doesn't permit him to combust.
Luke Goodsell - Empire Magazine Australasia
Stop the press! Multimillionaire actors unite to skewer deep-pocketed bureaucrats and billion-dollar blowouts! Does Adam McKay's The Other Guys herald the end of Hollywood's age of excess? Hmm, not quite.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A fast-punching farce with a serious devotion to the random.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The balance of action and humour is off here and by dialing down the moments of ridiculousness from his other films with Ferrell, McKay has made them all the more glaringly odd.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
...a misfire of impressively epic proportions.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Other Guys, like the testosterone-heavy "frat-pack" films which Ferrell is known for, is a buddy-cop film that's at once savvy, nostalgic, irreverent, and heartfelt.
Brett McCracken - Christianity Today
The Other Guys has surprisingly energetic action sequences, shoot'em-ups and car chases, and even a bit of a whodunit plot...
David Sexton - This is London
It runs out of steam in the final third but The Other Guys is constantly kept afloat by a grand cast that includes Michael Keaton as station captain Gene Mauch and Eva Mendes as Gamble's smouldering wife Sheila.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
After a string of largely mirth-free months at the multiplex, this might well be a late entry as one of the comedies of the summer.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Explosive action sequences collide with polished one-liners and some amusing supporting performances.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
A comedy-action movie that begins far more engagingly than it ends.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
One insanely funny film.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
An angrier or more lucid breakdown of the grubby malfeasance of the stripy-shirted masters of the self-designated masters of the universe has yet to be made.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
If you liked Anchorman, you'll probably find things to like about The Other Guys, but it's not a classic even for rabid Ferrell enthusiasts.
Catherine Bray - Film4
McKay and co-writer Dave Henchy keep on pumping out gags; their movie often looks like a 107-minute comedy sketch, and I laughed throughout.
This is a tricky film to award a star rating, for it starts out as five-star and ends up a turkey. I've compromised on three stars.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A forgettable addition to the McKay canon.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
This mismatched-cops comedy takes several well-aimed swipes at the action genre, blending knockabout farce with quick-witted humour.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
The story confuses, but the characters engage, the action excites and the laughs are daft, clever and copious.
Tony Horkins - Total Film
A sharp script sets this fast and furious action comedy apart from other brainless summer movies.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Skewers the action genre while also finding room for sheer madness.
James White - Empire Magazine
There's a wealth of joyously berserk idiot humour, fusing slapstick and satire, surrealism and stream-of-consciousness improv into what could well prove the funniest movie of the year.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
The silly humour is hit-and-miss, but when it works it's very funny.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Well worth seeing for the barrage of genuine laugh-out-loud moments in its first half, The Other Guys is an example of a movie that peters out by conforming to storytelling convention.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Just go and see it. And send me the bill if you don't laugh.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
So what's the secret ingredient that makes Ferrell funny? The Other Guys finally confirms of what many of us long suspected. It's writer-director Adam McKay.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
All we can report is that half the audience were rolling in the aisles while the rest looked like the voluntarily childless trapped in a kindergarten.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
The Other Guys delivers some decent laughs and features strong comic performances from Ferrell and Wahlberg, but it's also overlong, uneven and guilty of putting all the best gags in the trailers.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Will Ferrell is like the North Atlantic Ocean of comedy, the link between black British absurdist humour and boisterous American slapstick.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The buddy cop love between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg is strong.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
If you're a fan of Ferrell's tangential humour, this is a blast with some particularly impressive directorial flourishes from McKay. Still not as funny/weird/demented as Anchorman.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
In the end, it's the writing, and Ferrell's and Wahlberg's performances which make this film.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
It's only when Ferrell and Wahlberg go head-to-head that The Other Guys sparkles and its unfortunate that such a good pairing is wasted.
Matt Neal - The Standard
It works best when it is freewheeling and absurd, and based on the relationship between the character and loses ground when the filmmakers worry too much about plot.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Director Adam McKay feeds this sketchy premise (less good-cop-bad-cop, more non-cop-exasperated-cop) into a machine primed to run on the stoo-pid things only Ferrell can get away with.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
This zany, very funny comedy works largely because of the pairing of Ferrell and Wahlberg. As with all good comedy they play it for real and Wahlberg is a revelation.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Editing is crucial, but The Other Guys never knows when to cut. I suspect that Ferrell has a lot of control over that aspect and he is not ruthless enough. Perhaps he thinks everything he does is funny.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
I wasn't sure what to expect from the unorthodox pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg but it turns out they make a likeable comedic duo.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
While Anchorman still stands as Adam McKay's high watermark, The Other Guys manages to take a worn concept and make it feel fresh and lively in a stale mainstream comedy market.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
It comes as a massive relief to find that The Other Guys doesn't just work as a comedy -- not there was much doubt there, what with Will Ferrell re-teaming with director Adam McKay-- but there's some solid action going on as well.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
With plenty of inventive and nutty bits of dialogue, action and character moments, The Other Guys is a genuinely hysterical, laugh-a-minute comedy.
Pauline Adamek - FILMINK (Australia)
A smashing start, but the impetus soon slows. The whole film is like that, dreary quarter hours strung together by a few fun minutes
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The lunacy makes it fly but much of the comedy in this buddy-cop Will Ferrell pairing with Mark Wahlberg simply floats along. The problem is stretching this sketch-like concept out into a full length film
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
This is one of the best comedies of the summer, though perhaps that says more about the quality of films in 2010 than The Other Guys itself.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
I've discussed the "Three Stooges" effect before to explain why guys laugh at things that women don't and vice-versa ... The Other Guys left me as cold.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Savory, like wine, but ridiculous as all hell.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
one of Ferrell's all-time best performances, probably McKay's most cohesive film to date, and one of the most all-around satisfying comedies in years.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
Thanks to superior gags and dynamite chemistry between its two stars, "The Other Guys" is probably Ferrell's best pure comedy since "Anchorman."
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Some of Ferrell's running gags fall flat, and the best laughs come when Ferrell plays straight-man to the surprisingly funny Wahlberg.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
These Guys deliver the funny.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Ferrell is funny. But any actor who allows himself to make the same movie again and again, with only slight variations, can expect the law of diminishing returns to kick in.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Co-writer/director Adam McKay ("Step Brothers") establishes a hit-or-miss tone of non-sequitur absurdist humor for an unconventional buddy film that never quite finds its pitch.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Not the best Will Ferrell movie, but the best in a long while.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Not to be blunt, but The Other Guys is dumb, mostly.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ferrell and Wahlberg act like feuding children, and it's a great thing.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Buddy cop mockery that works
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
I'm actually pretty pleased with The Other Guys -- not to the degree that I will be investing in the inevitable unrated DVD edition of it, but pretty pleased.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Other Guys just goes all over the place; stay tuned to see if McKay goes anywhere.
Armond White - New York Press
Not one of Ferrell's best efforts and certainly not Wahlberg's, this movie is only sporadically funny.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It has some solid laughs and manages to keep the story moving in ways that don't make you feel like you've seen it all before.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
...you could do worse for a summer action comedy, even if The Other Guys eventually comes dangerously close to becoming the kind of generic buddy cop film it means to parody.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Other Guys takes this summer's crown for best and most quotable comedy.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Wahlberg, Mendes, Keaton, and Coogan give good performances but not nearly good enough to overcome Ferrell, the incoherent, woeful script, story, and direction.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
the movie is at its best when it plays with the various ways in which Ferrell's genial awkwardness constantly sharpen the razors in Wahlberg's eyes
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The action scenes are staged awkwardly, the actors seem like they're just buying time until the next zinger lands, the ending doesn't ratchet the stakes up at all, and the political commentary falls flat.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Ferrell at his funniest!
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
the fun here is discovering that Wahlberg is one of the finest comic straight men ever to have graced the big screen
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Sloppy, slapdash and uneven, but hilarious nonetheless.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
They try to cross 'Lethal Weapon' with 'Naked Gun' but miss on both. You'll laugh at Ferrell, just not enough.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
While not a 'laugh-riot' comedy, fans of the director/actor team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay should enjoy The Other Guys.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
I haven't laughed this hard in a movie since the last time I watched 'Waiting for Guffman.'
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Not Will Ferrell's best, but still solid.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It has been said before that Will Ferrell movies would be funnier if trimmed and refined to a half hour max. 'The Other Guys' sure qualifies.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
If an odd-couple comedy is unequivocally what you seek, I'd recommend -- by a hair -- going to check out the other guys: Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Dinner for Schmucks.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Quirky buddy comedy mixes action, some raunchy stuff.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
The flaws don't outweigh the fact that most of The Other Guys is straight-up funny.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Basically you have Ferrell -- whose recent output might charitably be described as "iffy" -- working a couple of dweeby riffs for all they're worth.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's all absurd and overblown and -- most importantly -- consistently so through to the end... The cast is perfect, underplaying rather than overexaggerating...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Even if the genuinely funny punch lines grow thinner the longer the movie goes, The Other Guys functions as a pitch-perfect spoof of the buddy-cop genre.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A hilarious comedy that sails on absurdly-angry comic chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg and the sharp improvisational working relationship between Ferrell and his director-soulmate Adam McKay.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
McKay has surrounded his lead with a wealth of guest stars and a funny script that borders on being manic.
Tom Horgen - Charlotte Observer
Measured against this year's other police farce -- remember Cop Out? -- it looks absolutely heroic.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
On the David Letterman show this week, Will Ferrell said he was not an idiot but a buffoon. 'The Other Guys' gives moviegoers yet another chance to parse the distinction.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
McKay (mostly) pulls off something kind of fascinating here: He's made a huge comedy that ruthlessly rips on corporate corruption through a lens of absurdist gags...
Mike Russell - Oregonian
A sometimes brilliant takedown of modern American culture with a populist bent that would make Frank Capra proud.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
That rare thing, a goofball summer buddy comedy that actually delivers.
Kurt Loder - MTV
If you liked Anchorman as much I did, you will love The Other Guys. Ferrell is back! You will want to go out and the classic TLC album after the movie ends.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
A hit-and-miss parody of mismatched-buddy cop films, which is not that easy, given how that grizzled genre has pretty much ossified into parody all by itself.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
When it works, it's rip-roaringly hilarious. When it doesn't it's deader than the cinematic category it's parodying.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
This isn't the greatest cinematic sin of the year (or week). And in the end, it beats another "Lethal Weapon".
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
How has there not been a major tentpole set piece involving a wrecking ball before? It takes a comedy to do great crazy action.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The ads make The Other Guys look like a spoof of buddy-cop movies, which is not exactly correct. But whatever it is, it's funny.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Other Guys is a goof; a happily disposable yukfest that never pretends to be other than that, yet manages to surprise in the sharpness of its script and in the fun all involved are clearly having.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
More or less on par with other McKay/Ferrell collaborations, THE OTHER GUYS delivers big laughs, and a surprisingly sharp comedic performance from Mark Wahlberg.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This peacock really flies, but what's with the credits?
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
It skewers, barbecues, incinerates and cremates every cop movie cliche you can imagine.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Ferrell is given the space to do what he does best - play it straight. One killer line after another is delivered in deadpan monotone.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Certain sequences simply work better than others, and "Guys" flies when comedy is the focus.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
Passable satire on the buddy-cop action-comedy genre.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The collaborations between Adam McKay and Will Ferrell which find a way to throw in a little bit of everything and be so consistently funny that the ease in which they do it practically spits in the face of George Bernard Shaw.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It seems like McKay is always able to bring out the best in Ferrell, and their latest collaboration, the mismatched-buddy cop comedy The Other Guys, is thankfully more of the same.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
It's a surprise vehicle for Ferrell, his character's unfashionable spectacles glinting, seemingly with joy, as he discovers some new fact winking at him, embedded in the lit screen of his monitor.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Hope & Crosby. Abbott & Costello. Laurel & Hardy. Ferrell & Wahlberg won't be joining this select group if The Other Guys is any indication.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Per usual, Ferrell unleashed is a force of nature, a guy who is not going to quit until you either walk out or break down and laugh. Me? I laughed.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
When the movie focuses on Terry and Allen and their banter, the movie is hilarious, and happily, this is quite often.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
I'm pretty much ready to declare it will sweep the Oscars, cure cancer and repeal Arizona's SB 1070.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Something's strange when Eva Mendes is funnier than Steve Coogan.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
As good and fleeting as a street corner popsicle
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
The Other Guys is the second buddy police comedy to come out this year. But unlike the highly anticipated but roundly dismissed Kevin Smith outing, Cop Out, The Other Guys is actually, well, funny.
Brandon Fibbs - Christianity Today
The Other Guys takes out its gun and shoots a lot. Most of the time, the jokes are on target, and the few stray punch lines can be forgiven - even the splintering groaners misfired from Will Ferrell's wooden gun.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
The film's style of humor, which careens from absurdism to slapstick to satire, pushes all my buttons. It makes me laugh. A lot.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Ferrell and McKay hang several dozen gags -- both recurring and throwaway bits -- that give the film an energy and a comic zip lacking in the genre lately and in movie comedies, in general, this year. (Parental Review also Available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
When The Other Guys focuses on the banter between Ferrell and Wahlberg its shortcomings aren't as noticeable and the laughs come easy and often.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Easily the best comedy of the year...
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Overplotted and longwinded, the picture starts strong but steadily wears out its welcome.
The only truly funny moments are the closing credits. We get a completely serious financial animated lecture about how monopolies hurt the economy. Keep that in mind when this Sony movie comes to Blu-ray, a technology that Sony owns the patent on.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
This is that rarest of comedies -- inspired by a delirious, surreal, randomness, all delivered with sincere conviction and all the funnier for it.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
[The] matching-up of Ferrell and Wahlberg is inspired.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
As a send-up of the buddy-cop action/comedy, it's serviceable, but it's no Hot Fuzz.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Definitely funnier than other spoofs of the buddy-cop genre, but it's still a very mixed bag.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Do the jokes pay off? Mostly, yes, despite the movie's occasional sluggishness. McKay and Chris Henchy's script, aided by Ferrell's flights of inspired absurdity, works best when it takes the genre's best-known cliches and stands them on their head.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Adam McKay likes his comedies goofy and overloaded. This is no Anchorman or Talladega Nights, but there are good low-rent laughs thanks to Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
disjointed and inconsistent
Jason Morgan - Filmcritic.com
When the tangents are this funny, you eventually start looking forward to the next one.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Gloms together enough clever riffs and random funny business to overcome the inevitable lumpiness and dead ends.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Funny this movie is, revolutionary it isn't.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
An uninspired spoof of cop-buddy movies, "The Other Guys" manages to mention Kim Kardashian and Snooki in its first two minutes and features shaky-cam-shot chase and shootout sequences in which nothing is at stake...
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The result is worth seeing anyway for the sparks created by Ferrell's buttoned-down nerd bouncing off Wahlberg's alpha male cartoon.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The humor tends to be a little off-kilter at times, but more often than not, it's the constant squabbling between Ferrell and Wahlberg that scores most of the laughs.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
At any moment, the movie will press its own pause button, abandon the plot and take off on some deranged comic tangent.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The jokes begin to repeat themselves, and the plot becomes mired in unintelligible details of the white-collar crime that Gamble and Hoitz are investigating.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
By far the funnier of the summer's two comedies featuring an accountant...
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Often silly, but very, very funny and well-cast. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have terrific chemistry and impeccable comic timing. It's one of the best buddy flicks since Rush Hour.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The humor in this big budget action-comedy is a lot like one of its many chase scenes: the jokes fly like bullets, some hit the target and some don't, but in the end they get the job done.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg milk dry their default movie personas, but it's all part of the joke -- and what a great joke it is.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Wears its good-natured silliness like a merit badge and delivers a buddy cop movie that's funnier way more often than it isn't.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The other (better) Cop Out.
Dave White - Movies.com
Features the original song 'Pimps Don't Cry,' The first clear Oscar front runner of the year.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
How can a movie that can be so very funny also be so very boring?
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Doesn't have enough comedic energy to sustain its nearly two-hour narrative.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Covering the action basics the Michael Bays of the industry have turned into dreary formula, Guys has enough on its plate to sustain the jokes and noogies, offering plenty of laughs, but little panache in the editorial department.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The boys in blue buffoonery just keeps on coming. Director McKay, what have you been smoking. And when the laughs are so rich, when it comes to chaotic plot points, who's keeping score.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Will Ferrell returns to form and Mark Wahlberg does his funniest work since 'The Happening' in this riotous buddy comedy.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Smart, funny send-up of buddy-cop movies wields wit and satire even while cars crash, storefronts explode, and Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg exchange jibes as eager police partners pursuing big prey.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
Just the facts, ma'ams and sirs: The Other Guys is this summer's funniest movie, which is as refreshing as air conditioning, after a barren stretch for comedies starring real people. Not that The Other Guys isn't a cartoon all its own.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Adam McKay merely puts his big-studio budget on screen by embracing the car chases and slow-mo shootouts he should be mocking or, better yet, ignoring altogether.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Gives Wahlberg and Ferrell beautiful opportunities to turn their anger-mismanagement-meets-milquetoast act into an absurdist version of Abbott and Costello.
David Fear - Time Out
The Other Guys has the best Little River Band joke in the history of cinema.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
The website Ferrell and McKay created is called Funny or Die; I suppose this entry would avoid a death sentence, but just barely.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
"The Other Guys" will not teach you anything. It will not better you as a human being. What it will do is make you laugh very, very hard for just shy of two hours.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
This likeable romp through cop-movie conventions is sporadically funny, although director Adam McKay hasn't fully capitalized on a fertile comedic conceit.
Tim Grierson - EmanuelLevy.Com