'Pineapple Express' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   34 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   197 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    As it shifts genre gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober and self-serious.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    At last, a Judd Apatow production worth memorizing.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    You needn't be a pothead to enjoy Pineapple Express -- the movie; I mean the movie.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    Pineapple Express presents viewers with an oxymoronic experience: the action stoner film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Pineapple Express is the answer to the question, 'What would happen if a movie like this was made by a great director?'
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Never generates any big laughs, and the chase elements are so intentionally cliched they never take on a life of their own.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Pineapple Express is the unlikeliest comedy of the summer. It's also going to be one of the best-loved.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Murder, marijuana and mayhem. Good times to the max, bro.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    This one takes the action comedy to places -- irresponsible, violent, and funny -- that it has never been before.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago