The Watch Reviews

  • Director Akiva Schaffer, excellent when directing and co-writing SNL Digital Shorts, has his hands full just trying to attach one ill-fitting scene to another, with little opportunity to establish a coherent style or, for that matter, a coherent shot list

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Directed by Akiva Schaffer from a screenplay by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie clumsily juggles two loosely connected concepts.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • The film is one long Costco joke -- but the punch line is never all that funny.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "The Watch" takes the same ethos of male bonding, obsession with sex and sardonic violence that has proved so profitable in recent years on yet another summer spin.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed (by Akiva Schaffer, longtime "SNL" writer and part of the Lonely Island comedy team).

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It has bodily humor that tilts so far out of funny they land in "clinically embarrassing." And it makes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill yell like hyenas to keep things lurching along.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • In the end, the jokes aren't funny enough, and there aren't enough of them to make up for the sound and fury and incoherence and, yeah, for the preponderance of damn shooting.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • "The Watch" has lots of energy but not much inspiration.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Much of the action takes place after hours in the Costco managed by Stiller's character, but the laughs are not available in bulk.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Ayoade, the writer and director of last year's charming U.K. indie Submarine, brings a stranger-in-a-strange-land naivete to the proceedings. He's The Watch's biggest surprise - not that there are many.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The bar is high for bad comedies, but "The Watch" promises to be this summer's worst.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Really, wait for it on cable. At least then you'll be able to change the channel.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If you want a descriptive term, "disappointment" should cover it.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A lowbrow, lame-brained mash-up of buddies-on-patrol comedy and sci-fi actioner.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The "action" scenes come across as brief, noisy periods of rest from the lame comedy, which counts for something, if not quite what the filmmakers intended.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The Watch is a predictable and lazy comedy wrapped around a penis joke occasionally enlivened with some funny lines.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Though it's never transformational, it's mostly amusing. Which counts!

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • Improvisation is definitely The Watch-word, with Vaughn and Hill in particular winging just about every line they speak - most of them filthy, few of them funny.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • The Watch is a studio turd marinated in eau de skunk that stinks worse than week-old fish.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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