Cop Out 2010

Critics score:
19 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A soulless, witless, landfill contraption that Smith once would have mocked mercilessly. Read more

Mary F. Pols, MSN Movies: It just wants to remind audiences of something they've enjoyed before, like looking at an old photo album. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Cop Out does not amount to much more than a blooper reel in search of a movie. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: It's about as much fun as flying coach, and -- if you're seated next to Smith, anyway -- a lot less interesting. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: The shrug of a denouement doesn't say 'the movie's over' so much as 'get me the hell out of here.' Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: A movie that makes little sense, is dumb when it's not being stupid and yet is still at times laugh-out-loud funny. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Nothing to see here, keep moving. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: 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. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Smith certainly does his thing here, delivering a film that's part celebration and part parody of the well-worn genre. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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). Read more

Laremy Legel, Joyless, pointless, humorless. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: It's the first gross-out comedy to come along since The Hangover that is actually a comedy and not just gross, although make no mistake, gross it is -- this is a Kevin Smith film after all -- so don't say you weren't warned. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Kevin Smith may have needed a big Hollywood comedy right now, for a lot of reasons. What his old fans still need, though -- and in a hurry -- is a real Kevin Smith movie. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: 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. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: 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. Read more

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer: It's tough to screw up an omelet. But it can certainly be done. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: It's tough generating much enthusiasm for a motion picture that does a lot of things but none of them well. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard An unholy mess. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: An early scene of Morgan scaring a perp with tough dialogue from movies reminded me of primo Smith. Other scenes not so much. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Director Kevin Smith has made some good movies and some so-so movies, but until now he has always been an artist. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Cop Out is a silly waste of time. In other words, it's just what we need right now. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: By the time the smoke clears, Cop Out seems like an appropriate title. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out: [A] pitifully unfunny 'hommage' to '80s action comedies. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: 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. Read more

Andrew Barker, Variety: 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. Read more

Karina Longworth, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: 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. Read more