30 Minutes or Less

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  • Summary: In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds. The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists theIn the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds. The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet. As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.(Sony Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aug 10, 2011
    83
    There's nothing nice about 30 Minutes or Less. It's got no redeeming social value. It just ticks away, exploding all notions of where you think it's going to go. It blew me sideways.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 12, 2011
    75
    Gut-bustingly funny -- perhaps this waning summer season's ultimate guilty pleasure.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 12, 2011
    63
    The actors never stray too far from their comfort zones, resulting in a sporadically funny but mostly bland crime comedy that only occasionally feels fresher or more memorable than that cold pizza you scarfed for breakfast Monday morning.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 5, 2011
    50
    "Less" has trouble framing simple action, yielding clumsy car chases that put the burden of generating excitement on the music and editing. As a result, pic looks cheap and feels clipped.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 11, 2011
    50
    30 Minutes or Less could have been a guilty pleasure, but the crusty caper is half baked.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 10, 2011
    50
    An egregiously miscast Eisenberg stars as a young man toiling as a pizza boy, even though he displays only slightly less intelligence and savvy than the world-beater Eisenberg played in "The Social Network."
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 11, 2011
    25
    Akin to watching a ring-tested champion punch far below his weight. What a comedown.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 59
  2. Negative: 12 out of 59
  1. Aug 4, 2012
    10
    I think it is an awesome movie. Not only is it really funny but also original and everybody are perfect for there roll especially MichealI think it is an awesome movie. Not only is it really funny but also original and everybody are perfect for there roll especially Micheal Pena who plays Chango. They all really make you believe that this could be true. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2011
    9
    This movie was hilarious. You see such negative views on it simply because of its crude humor. Mainstream media isn't ready to embrace McBrideThis movie was hilarious. You see such negative views on it simply because of its crude humor. Mainstream media isn't ready to embrace McBride style movies, and as a result, score them low. 30 Minutes or Less is a well written and action packed comedy that leave you wanting more. I can't recommend seeing it enough! Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2011
    7
    A respectable comedy, not the best I've seen but one of your better options, it's mostly funny because the characters are really just goofy,A respectable comedy, not the best I've seen but one of your better options, it's mostly funny because the characters are really just goofy, it does take a while to get into and has some pacing issues, but once the bomb gets strapped to his chest the laughs start, although I feel the excessive use of the F-bomb was often unnecessary and never made anything funnier but instead made the dialog sound like it was coming from bratty 12 year olds as opposed to adults, but still I got laughs from it, so in the end it's a decent comedy with flaws, but it is worth at least a rental. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2011
    5
    Bumbling buffoons Danny McBride and Nick Swardson strap a bomb to pizza delivery loser Jesse Eisenberg and force him to rob a bank. AlthoughBumbling buffoons Danny McBride and Nick Swardson strap a bomb to pizza delivery loser Jesse Eisenberg and force him to rob a bank. Although there's plenty of energy, the madcap misadventures aren't especially surprising or extreme. The cast (including Aziz Ansari) manages a few funny moments, but it's not enough to make this worth even 30 minutes. NOTE: Stay thru the credits for a silly commercial. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2013
    5
    Though the setup of the film is pretty original, it would have benefited for more wittier lines, especially from Eisenberg. Ansari'sThough the setup of the film is pretty original, it would have benefited for more wittier lines, especially from Eisenberg. Ansari's performance can be pretty aggravating at times, but McBride delivers amusing dialogue to keep the film going. Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2011
    4
    I was really disapointed by this movie and all the good and funny stuff was in the Red-Band trailer. Don't get me wrong, Jesse Eisenberg's,I was really disapointed by this movie and all the good and funny stuff was in the Red-Band trailer. Don't get me wrong, Jesse Eisenberg's, Aziz Ansari's, and Michael Pena's performance were great with Michael Pena's being the most funniest and Jesse with the overall best performance. Aziz Ansari's was good too by the way. Anyways, I was expecting a lot from Ruben Fleischer because he'd already worked with Jesse Eisenberg on Zombieland (which is one of my favorite movies) but this is very disapointing. It's fairly watchable and it's a solid rental. Expand
  7. Dec 8, 2013
    0
    Obviously 30 Minutes or Less isn't an exact representation of the true-life tragedy. What 30 Minutes or Less is is an R-rated comedy, and theObviously 30 Minutes or Less isn't an exact representation of the true-life tragedy. What 30 Minutes or Less is is an R-rated comedy, and the bomb, the bank robbery, the car chases, and the shootings are all played for laughs. Too bad those expected laughs just don't come very often, if at all, in 30 Minutes or Less. Expand

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