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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

Buy the ticket and watch the movie!!!!

By marcia_morales92
I LOVED THE MOVIE IT WAS AMAZING! The acting made it so real. It was like watching a documentary, about how police officers take that role into not just catching the bad guys but willing to save...

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...

Very entertaining

By catski66
Kind of what I expected from the trailer. Good dialogue between the two main characters and lots of good laughs in between some good action scenes. Definitely worth seeing...

End of Watch

By Raycing
I really enjoyed the movie and loved the gun fights, especially the gold AK. But not for the faint heart! had comedy but lots of violence! Not reccommended for kids....


By jonesbfd17
This is even better than going to your niece's quinceañera! I was expecting "just another cop movie." That's not End of Watch. OMG. As a California native I can tell you, this is as real as it...

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....

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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 Disturbingly violent but heroic depiction of L.A. cops.
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