100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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75

Movieline

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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
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.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The camera is just everywhere, from the point of view of everything. When I left the movie the other night, people complained of seasickness.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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68 out of 100
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