55

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
It's not that The Watch is terrible – it's not not terrible, but there are sufficient diversions and more punitive ways to spend your evening – but that it's one of those smoke bomb comedies that seems to disappear even while you're watching, leaving no trace of itself behind.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Reality aside, The Watch is harmless enough - and even occasionally humorous, in a riffy, sketch-comedy kind of way.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is one long Costco joke - but the punch line is never all that funny.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
If this amateur justice league spent as much time analyzing clues as they did analyzing their junk, in every slang variation available in the Urban Dictionary, the murder mystery in The Watch could have been solved on the first night of surveillance.
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40

NPR

By Scott Tobias
The Watch perks up when Ayoade's spacey line readings give it something unique and unexpected - otherwise, per Costco, audiences are buying their generic sci-fi comedy in bulk.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn play the guys they always play in this sci-fi comedy misfire.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's another one of those loud, penis-obsessed bro farces, lazily written (by actor Seth Rogen, among others) and haphazardly directed.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Then there's the movie itself, which should be crazy, stupid fun but settles for just stupid.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
As far as formulaic, empty and disappointing comedies go, The Watch is far from the worst. About every seven or eight minutes, perhaps a dozen times over the course of the picture, the movie generates a medium-size laugh. Not a big laugh.
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0

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Every summer needs a super-turkey. So barring anything in the next 30 days that's the second coming of "Howard the Duck," the witless, completely terrible "comedy" now called The Watch should win hands-down.
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36 out of 100
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