End of Watch Synopsis
Two officers confront marriage, love and fatherhood amidst the harsh realities of L.A.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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End of Watch, but could watch over and over

By Darkola
This was a really good movie all around, beginning with the acting, both Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña did a great job, very believable characters, who as partners, became vey much in the same...

Another Great Cop Movie

By kodak5-0
If you like cop movies, are a cop, or even in hopes of being a cop one day, this is a movie that you must see. Shows you the life of what law enforcement officers face each day. Though some of the...

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.

By BCR123
Dont know what theatre the guy who said people were walking out during the show went to but he must have confused people going to the bathroom with people leaving. In the theatre i was at people were...

End Of Watch

By jrm007
This movie us a must see . Gives you the harsh reality that people actually go through and grabs your undivided attention. It puts you in their shoes and makes your mind start going to work ....

Best movie of 2012

By bblboy54
There are no words to describe how great of a movie End of Watch is. It has moments of seriously great laughs, moments of suspense, and moments you just want to cry. You will not leave the theater...

End of Watch

By MrsHos
My husband and I saw this on our last date night. It was a perfect combination of action, drama, and comedy. They did a great job of showing how your partner becomes part of your family....

True to the Blue

By Terence Wade
If you are looking for a family friendly movie with great cinematic views and movie score, this one is not for you. However, if you are looking for a poignant human interest story that takes a look...

THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME-IT WAS FUNNY,INTERESTING AND HAD ALOT OF ACTION.

By diaz.joseph
THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME FROM START TO FINISH. IT HAD ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MOVIE.. IT WAS A REALLY FUNNY MOVIE .LIKED ALL THE JOKES AND STORIES I HOPE THIS MOVIE WINS MOVIE OF...

It depends

By skoppy
I thought the use of foul language was extreme. There were more swear words in each sentence then are in most movies and it detracted from the story. The camera work was terrible. The storyline...

Cops are actually human!

By Webman1012
The humanism portrayed in this movie about cops made me think this could be how real cops act and think. Same ole blah, blah, make cops look honest and act like super heroes. A movie to go see if...

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Rated R | For Sexual References, Pervasive Language, Some Disturbing Images, Some Drug Use and Strong Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Disturbingly violent but heroic depiction of L.A. cops.
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