'Observe and Report' Critic Reviews

85%
MovieWeb:   11 reviews
51%
Rotten Tomatoes:   208 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    A crazy mosaic of Americana with tiles scattered and missing. Need I observe and report that the view isn't for every taste? It sure is for mine.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A potentially brilliant conceptual comedy that fizzles because its writer and director, Jody Hill, doesn't have the guts to go with his spleen.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Again and again, you almost laugh at something that is almost good, and then there is a clumsy and misjudged moment of crassness. I'm all for bad taste and black comedy and grossout. But it has to be funny.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    When Observe and Report is funny, it's often shockingly so. The characters can be nasty or self-absorbed, yet they still have a whiff of sweetness.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • John Anderson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Given that the ordinarily likable Seth Rogen is portraying a delusional, violent, sexist, racist, homophobic mall cop with a bipolar disorder, there's not really a lot to laugh at.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It's the strangest movie I expect to see from a Hollywood studio for the rest of the year.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Ronnie the Mall Cop is as an iconic expression of irate proletarian populism and brainless role-playing as Joe the Plumber or Rush the Limbaugh -- identify or ignore at your peril.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    70
    While it stops before sliding too far into the darkness, Observe and Report hits a lot of bull's-eyes by aiming for the gut, not easy belly laugh.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    A few of the less repeatable lines hit their marks, but the whole affair has the pasty-faced desperation of shoppers trapped in fluorescent light.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christopher Kelly Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    0
    Aggressively mean and even more aggressively stupid.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Meet mall cop Paul Blart's evil, unfunny twin.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Observe and Report is the rare 'action-comedy' (almost always a muddled hybrid) that earns its cathartic climax. The blood is real because the psychosis is real. But somehow -- the magic of comedy -- it's also uproarious.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    [Director Jody] Hill can create only one sort of protagonist, and half the time he's stuck in a gray area between satirizing the firearms-obsessed, multidirectionally offensive Ronnie and embracing him.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I've observed this Seth Rogen comedy, and I can report that it's not very good.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    As funny as it is sick (and it's plenty of both).
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    There won't be a more polarizing comedy released in 2009 than Observe and Report. This audacious, subversive action comedy turns two of our cuddliest performers, Seth Rogen and Anna Faris, into poster kids for atrocious misbehavior.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Writer-director Jody Hill is obviously trying to accomplish something here. But just what is none too clear.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    You have to respect Hill's willingness to continually go to any length without so much as a flinch to get a laugh. But that doesn't mean you'll continually enjoy it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    With the invaluable aid of Rogen, who's never been better, Hill sustains an impressive degree of tension between seemingly contradictory elements.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    I don't want to oversell it, but Observe and Report is the sort of offbeat studio movie that should be encouraged.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    In its own demented Pineapple-Foot Fist-Four Letter Word Way, Observe and Report delivers a cynical, angry and funny take on a life of loud, violent desperation.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    [Director] Hill evidently intends his film to be satirical. But satire requires intelligence to succeed. Observe and Report has a moronic sense of humour, trading in racism, sexism, profanity and violence at every predictable turn.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    Observe and Report wants very desperately to be a dark comedy. But it doesn't quite get there, as it's not funny enough to hit the comedy dismount and not clever enough to go fully dark.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The tone of the film wavers queasily, though intentionally, between slapstick and shock.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The whole thing is calibrated to wow us with its weirdness, even as it assumes an air of 'Who, me?' guilelessness. I've seen slick, glossy Hollywood thrillers made with less knowing calculation.
    Full Review » 5 years ago