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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 75 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    End of Watch gives you the savage whoosh of being on a job that can get you killed. Sins of cop clichés can be forgiven when a movie pays honest tribute to police on the line. show more

  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The best scenes are filmed inside the cruiser, dashboard shots that face inward instead of out, catching Gyllenhaal and Peña in moments so playful and true they make all other buddy cops look bogus by comparison. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Unlike many action thrillers where the viewer is fairly certain that no real harm can come to the protagonists, such is never the case here. In this gritty ride-along, we sense that anything can happen, which adds to the propulsive momentum of a riveting story. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Shallow down inside, End of Watch is a music-video Frappuccino of quick cuts, sparkling banter, serial crises, grisly violence and tongue-jerk profanity. But the film is exciting, in its manipulative way, and exhausting. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    David Ayer, the writer of "Training Day," director of "Street Kings," writer/director of "Harsh Times," does not make movies about princesses with witchy curses, about yuppie commitment-phobes, about talking plush toys. His territory is narrow, but he owns it: cops, in Los Angeles. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If Ayer had taken as much care with his bad guys as he does with his leads (and their deftly sketched wives and colleagues, played by Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera and Frank Grillo, among others), he might have crafted a seamless picture. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    In the last 15 minutes of the film, he burns up some of the credibility he established by not pushing extreme situations too far earlier on. show more

  • 75

    The two cops are cocky and funny and young, and it still takes a good half hour to accept that they may be as forthright and dedicated to their jobs as they appear to be. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    End of Watch is one thriller where the adrenaline rush, considerable as it is, is almost always put in the service of character. Happily, the character on display turns out to be considerable, too. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action. show more

  • April 13, 2013 james hunt
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    Similar to Southland but for me not as good.

  • April 01, 2013 tw00000000142903
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    just got done watching it and i loved it, did not see the ending coming at all. great movie im going to watch it again.

  • March 25, 2013 anderson21flores
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    this movie is freaking amazing a must see movie worth every penny my favorite movie by far but sad ending..

  • February 03, 2013 MoeMoe
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    The way the movie starts I asked \" is this a comedy\"? Then immediately went into , \" it better not be\" because I can\'t see Gyllenhaal in that type of role. Much to my surprise IT WAS FANTASTIC . It humerous as times but only to show the side of two brother cops being real. Great Great Movie

  • January 28, 2013 Serkan Colak
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    I watched End of Watch yesterday and it was much better than i thought. Highly recommended!

  • December 31, 2012 uy00000000099963
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    Great, Great movie but sad

  • December 27, 2012 Terry
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    I didn\'t care for it much at all. I\'ve seen better police stories on TV. I thought it was boring, slow, and really didn\'t have a plot. Showed a cop getting married, making a couple busts, and 2 cops doing a whole lot of boring talking in their car. I really don\'t get so many good reviews for this 1.

  • December 19, 2012 kerri8d
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    A very touching movie, who show the real side of America, which makes you wonder why the state doesn\'t do anything to gang-related crime.

  • December 13, 2012 ij00000000133239
    Report This User, Quite a few documentary style movies in recent years such as Project X and Chronicle, End of Watch is one of them. A first person narrative with a cop making a film about his job. Writer-director David Ayers‘s fast-paced editing and shaky hand held camera took audience to witness the front-line police officers caught in a gang conflict in a hostile situation, between hot boiled shootout and street corpse in LA South Centra

  • December 07, 2012 dank1961
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    Gripping tale. Well worth watching.Realistic.

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