22 Jump Street 2014

Critics score:
85 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com: 22 Jump Street is pretty much the exact same movie as 21 Jump Street. It knows it, you know it, and it knows that you know it. And that is why it's brilliant. Read more

Wesley Morris, Grantland: 22 Jump Street has the same writers and directors as the first film. But it's not smart this time as much as it is clever, and that cleverness tips into spottiness and cynical self-congratulation. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: What's the difference between "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street"? Same as the difference between getting a 21 and a 22 at blackjack. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It works well enough, more often than not, though heightened levels of raunch and chaos seem not so much meta as frantic. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Nearly two hours of rationalizing repetition, even by winking at it, can get wearying. Read more

Scott Foundas, Variety: Sticks snugly to the prior film's winning formula, mining the resultant doublings and repetitions for maximum absurdist hilarity. Read more

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club: Ironically, 22 Jump Street is kept together by the formula it ceaselessly mocks. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: What makes it all work is the chemistry between Hill and Tatum, which in turn, of course, is a rich source of the film's humor. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Lord and Miller are on a roll, and there may be no better moviemakers at playing to our modern need for irony - at giving us the entertainment we crave while acknowledging our distrust of it. Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: This sequel to the hit action comedy 21 Jump Street is better all around: the pacing is more consistent, the sight gags more imaginative, the self-referential jokes sharper. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: A brazen sequel that's both slightly disappointing and a reliable, often riotous "laffer" in the old Variety trade-magazine parlance. Read more

Sean Fitz-Gerald, Denver Post: Jump Street knows you know about the predictability and cheapness of sequels and rip-offs -- and in this case, to avoid the downfalls of other summer comedy sagas, embracing that problem might have been the best move for this absurd, unique franchise. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: There's no real reason "22 Jump Street" should work. Yet it does. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: Remember that feeling when you realized The Hangover II was A sequel that has as many laughs as a Texas spring has tornadoes. Read more

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: Hill's neurotic-motormouth act and Tatum's lovable-lunkhead shtick still shoot giddy sparks. Read more

Jordan Hoffman, Film.com: ...this will be the most "meta" movie ever made... Read more

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter: For once, cranking out a play-it-safe sequel yields something satisfying. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: This sequel's spoof of its predecessor's riff on the original 1980s-era buddy-cop TV show coalesces into a raucous, raunchy, irreverent, imperfect riot. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: "22 Jump Street" realizes its main goal is to be ridiculously fun and that to do so it must be utterly ridiculous, as well as in on the joke. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: There's something going on at the edges of the frame in practically every scene of 22 Jump Street, a testament to the care and attention to detail directors Lord and Miller bring to this potentially silly material. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: The movie is crammed with jokes about how bad sequels are. And guess what? Exactly. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: 22 Jump Street is hardly fresh, but the picture has enough energy to get by. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: At what point is sarcasm just a cheap substitute for wit? Exactly when does joking about how all sequels are just lame, repetitive cash-grabs start to suggest that maybe yours is, too? Actually, in this case, about 40 minutes in. Read more

Ian Buckwalter, NPR: What separates 22 Jump Street from sequel mediocrity is that everyone's in on the joke. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are themselves impressive partners at this point) know enough not to mess with a successful formula. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Like its stars, "Jump Street" gets extra credit for getting by on charm while sticking to the rules. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: An exploding pinata of gags, pratfalls, winking asides, throwaway one-liners and self-reflexive waggery. Read more

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register: 22 Jump Street may be the most arbitrary sequel since Bad Boys II. If it's not the worst, that's strictly because of Channing Tatum. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Does the meta-acknowledgment that everyone's in it for the bucks give a purposefully dopey sequel more cred? ... You bet. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's second-best film of the year (behind The Lego Movie). Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: 22 Jump Street is damn funny, sometimes outrageously so. It laughs at its own dumb logic and invites us in on the fun. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: Hill and Tatum make a classic and highly successful comedy team, balancing a series of amiable running gags and the most familiar kind of slapstick. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: "22 Jump Street" is exactly what comedy is today. It's coarse, free-flowing and playful. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: A genial class clown of a movie. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's the sequel to end all sequels. The only problem: It's so irresistibly funny it'll probably spawn a trilogy. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A self-aware sequel has to hop over hurdles to keep from swallowing its own tail, but the sharp writing and tag-team antics lift "22 Jump Street" to a high level. Read more

Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times: Though I enjoyed enormously this latest offering in the rebooted Jump franchise, it's the effortless, unexpected bromance/partnership between the two unlikely undercover cops is what makes this franchise work. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: Self-referential irony is hardly a new gimmick, having served as the underlying premise for such franchises as Scream and Austin Powers, but rarely has it been indulged with such fervor. Read more

Courtney Shea, Globe and Mail: That Stoner No. 3 from Knocked Up and the tank top from Step Up have become Hollywood's freshest comedy duo is impressive. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: If it seemed Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill couldn't possibly exceed their over-the-top buddy cop antics of 21 Jump Street, you lost that bet. Read more

Inkoo Kang, TheWrap: If 22 isn't as trim and tight as its predecessor, it's certainly smarter and more heartfelt. Whether this sequel is better than the original is up for debate, but the franchise has definitely grown up. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: There's enough goodwill to balance out the clunky bits. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: This is the ultimate meta movie. The repetition is exactly the point. Read more

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press: Hill and Tatum ... have a Laurel-and-Hardy-like implausible chemistry that keeps you laughing pretty much no matter what they're doing. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice: Tatum is, predictably, adorable. His Jenko is a pumped-up naif bumbling through life with a crooked smile, and Hill again makes a great sparring partner. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: They get to poke fun at sequels and simultaneously make sequel money, which is a great frigging gig if you ask me. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Enjoyably light on its feet, even when it's self-consciously treading old ground. Read more