'Cop Out' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
19%
Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    There's not a whole lot to Cop Out besides watching Kevin Smith pretend, with a crudeness that is simply boring, that he's an action director making a comic thriller about cops versus a Mexican drug gang (yawn).
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Cop Out does not amount to much more than a blooper reel in search of a movie.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's just not very funny -- despite the all-too-apparent struggle to deliver verbal fireworks, there's something immovably sluggish and inert about it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Cop Out is foul-mouthed but not funny, bullet-riddled but not exciting, crammed with contrivances that go nowhere. And, perhaps worst of all, it musters up no chemistry between its buddy-cop leads.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    What results is a tour de force of sheer comic energy that threatens to rip apart the film -- and its sodden, secondhand premise -- like a wad of used paper towels. It's a performance in search of a movie.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie wants to send up hoary action- and buddy-movie cliches, including the tinge of gay attraction that passes between the stars. But it's too fuzzily executed to pass muster as satire. Plus, it loves the cliches too much to subvert them.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Working with a full-on studio budget for the first time in his decade-and-a-half career, Smith is still making movies about guys just like him.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Because Smith has the ability to make a real artistic impact (and knows it), his disappointments tend to inspire deeper criticism than they deserve. This is no more a terrible movie than a great one; it's simply average.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    40
    Cop Out is like a parody of a parody of a parody, so derivative and desperate in its pleas for laughter that it's hard to tell when it's making fun of itself and when it has simply run out of ideas.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Cop Out is a little too well-shot to be full-on cheesy and too much a redux to be, well, as fresh as Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    It just wants to remind audiences of something they've enjoyed before, like looking at an old photo album.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    Many of the gags possibly looked good on paper, but watching Willis and Morgan struggle with them is like watching third graders do Noel Coward, if Noel Coward had been rewritten by Kevin Smith.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    This is a lousy, invention-free script, and Kevin Smith -- an interesting and valuable filmmaker here doing his first direction-only work for hire -- cannot do anything to save it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Nothing to see here, keep moving.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    It's tough to screw up an omelet. But it can certainly be done.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Cop Out is a silly waste of time. In other words, it's just what we need right now.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    Smith certainly does his thing here, delivering a film that's part celebration and part parody of the well-worn genre.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    A movie that makes little sense, is dumb when it's not being stupid and yet is still at times laugh-out-loud funny.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    0
    The Willis-Morgan team is about as on point as four legs with the ankles missing. The sequel will undoubtedly star Adam Sandler and Chris Tucker.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    Smith's directorial style is far too slack for this material, which aims to be an homage to populist '80s classics like 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon, but only winds up resembling one of the bargain-bin knockoffs that floundered in those films' wake.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Willis basically smirks his way through the proceedings, while the gifted Morgan often seems miserable as the butt of most of the film's gags.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    It feels like an homage to a period best forgotten, just a chance for all involved to sell out and cash in with a crude comedy that reminds us how bad these particular "good old days" were.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    13
    This pitiful excuse for entertainment is utterly bereft of wit, intelligence or craft on any level. The only thing left to screw up would have been to leave the lens cap on the camera. Wait, that would have been an improvement.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    17
    Joyless, pointless, humorless.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Smith and the screenwriters keep trotting out one limp gag after another, including a foul-mouthed child car thief and a parkour routine that ends in a splat.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
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