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Mary F. Pols,
It is intensely raunchy and silly and joyous and tapped right into my inner teenager in a glorious way.
... the movie definitely struck a chord with the crowd I saw it with ... (with) a climax that brings bromance back ...
The film is uneven and about 15 minutes too long. But when it's funny, it's hilarious.
A story lurching moment-to-moment for inspiration, or full of ceaseless gags about every bodily fluid, or featuring rape jokes or the sight of Franco spitting food into Hill's mouth, doesn't pass as wit.
Offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity.
Funny is funny, and it would be truly dishonest to deny the big laughs-the spikes of gut-busting inspiration-that the film sporadically delivers.
J. R. Jones,
Their big joke is to literalize the Book of Revelations, but snaking around this is a biting contempt for the entertainment business, their own bad movies, and the social privilege these confer.
The thing really moves. Even the grottiest bits have a way of hitting their marks and darting onward, the way they did in "Borat."
Six comedians stuck in a house together as the world is ending. What could be funnier than that?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com:
[It]gets derailed by [Rogen and Goldberg's] desire to keep upping the level of comedic absurdity and cheesy special effects. Still, there are lots of low-brow laughs, especially in the first half.
It's the wildest screen comedy in a long time, and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired, and the snort-out-loud funniest.
...occupies a frequently hilarious middle ground between their Apatow-produced bromances, the giddy gruesomeness of the recent Aftershock and the confined social abrasiveness of It's a Disaster.
There's wonder here that films with quadruple the effects budget would kill for.
The seemingly exhausted gross-out comedy genre gets a strange temporary reprieve with This Is the End, an unlikable but weirdly compelling apocalyptic fantasy.
Los Angeles Times:
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's script is scathing, while their directing debut is a revelation.
San Jose Mercury News:
You never know exactly what lunacy lurks around the corner, or just how far Rogen and Goldberg will push the R rating to its limit.
Most of the celebrities playing things straight (Michael Cera is a notable exception, portrayed as a cokehead sex addict who likes blowing cocaine into people's faces without warning).
With no outsiders to coddle, this tight-knit ensemble locks into a groove and reaches some truly giddy heights, turning even the weakest material (a spoof of "The Exorcist") into anarchic fun.
The film is more guileful than it looks, even though the narrative is nuts ...
[It] has a gleeful sloppiness that seems to owe more to multiple rounds than multiple drafts.
As long as Rogen and his buddies are just as self-involved, crude, obnoxious and hopefully exaggerated versions of themselves, things stay pretty funny.
New York Daily News:
It's no minor accomplishment to make one of the most indulgent projects in Hollywood history. But with "This Is the End," Seth Rogen and his pals have indeed achieved this dubious goal.
New York Post:
There is stuff in "This Is the End" that had me laughing so hard, I sensed new body parts joining in to help out - my pancreas was heaving, my bile ducts ripped.
It's funnier and more energetic than a lot of what's out there in a movie season most would qualify as disappointing.
"This is one of the most tasteless, ridiculous and funniest comedies of the 21st century."
"This is the End" finds a balanced tone most horror comedies fail to deliver. Grossout humor melds easily with grossout horror, sometimes at the same moment.
This Is the End is the bust-out, badass comedy of the summer. And then some. It's so good you'll think you hallucinated it.
I enjoyed the hell out of it for a while, but it got irritating and self-congratulatory long before it was over and I desperately do not want to see it again.
This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
How long would it take to count the idiocies in "This Is the End"? Fooled you! Trick question. Numbers don't go that high.
Crass, flimsily plotted, and self-referential to the point of narcissistic personality disorder. For those willing to tolerate such defects, however, it is also very, very funny.
You may have trouble at times deciding whether to laugh out loud or to avert your horrified gaze.
Rogen and Goldberg (making their directorial debuts) get the balance just right, with one gut-busting punchline and situation after another set against the escalating dread of the end of existence, taking place just outside of James Franco's house.
No comedy classic, then, but a good natured and engaging slice of goonish self-mockery.
Though This Is the End drags slightly here and there, the filmmakers keep it interesting by making the personal relationships dynamic, and the movie redeems all that is self-referential and self-congratulatory about it with a warmth of spirit.
This is all performed with brio, by likable performers with expert timing, ace chemistry, and a directing team eager to let them tear loose. But it can wear you down.
As both homage and send-up, it presents viewers with the ultra-meta image of a comedy genre eating its own tail.