Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 20 out of 35
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  1. A movie that makes little sense, is dumb when it's not being stupid and yet is still at times laugh-out-loud funny.
  2. There is enough ridiculous fun in the Tracy Morgan- Bruce Willis pairing as two of Brooklyn's "finest" to get many of you past the squirm-inducing stuff.
  3. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    60
    Working with a full-on studio budget for the first time in his decade-and-a-half career, Smith is still making movies about guys just like him.
  4. While the plot is as flimsy as a hooker's halter top, it's buoyed by two actors with attitude and timing.
  5. 50
    Cop Out seems aptly named. It’s not personal. It’s barely even a movie. It’s a fire hydrant that the director and his stars use for exterior shots.
  6. You want to cut Cop Out some slack because it's just so darn eager to please. So let's grant that it will make a reliably fun companion when it's on cable 10 times a week.
  7. Has its moments, it's also regrettably ordinary.
  8. 50
    If you're like me, diluted Smith is still better than no Smith at all.
  9. 50
    Okay, there are worse movies out there, but I'm hard-pressed to figure out why I'd waste my time and money watching something that's a half-baked retread of better movies I can stream from Netflix.
  10. 50
    Morgan transcends the wayward silliness of Cop Out just by going for the gusto. He grabs it, and he hangs on.
  11. Definitely has its amusing moments, but ultimately all that improvised shtick gets mighty tired without any real break in the nonaction.
  12. Without that heightened racial antipathy-turned-camaraderie, there's not a whole lot to Cop Out besides watching Kevin Smith pretend, with a crudeness that is simply boring, that he's an action director making a comic thriller about cops versus a Mexican drug gang (yawn).
  13. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    40
    Flat and unfunny, this merits a second star based entirely on Scott’s cameo. Kev, get thee to a typewriter. You’re so much better than this.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    40
    There's precious little of that tension to be found between co-leads Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, but more than enough between director Kevin Smith and the shoddy script he's elected to take on, and neither seems willing to budge.
  15. An ultra-thin spliff, Cop Out never sparks, although knowing that in advance won’t deter moviegoers who believe pairing Morgan & Willis with Smith equals hilarity.
  16. 38
    A lot of the dialogue is intended as funny, but man, is it lame.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Director Kevin Smith's tweets, jokes and sharp commentary after being denied a seat aboard a Southwest Airlines flight because of his girth were a lot more engaging than Cop Out, his new movie.
  18. It's a performance in search of a movie.
  19. 38
    Repeatedly shoots for laughs -- but ends up mostly firing blanks.
  20. 38
    Cop Out is still funnier than the dreadful later Eddie Murphy cop pictures. But it feels like an homage to a period best forgotten.
  21. 33
    With Cop Out, Smith works from a script other than his own for the first time--this one penned by siblings Mark and Robb Cullen--but his slack direction siphons the energy out of this tongue-in-cheek throwback to ’80s mismatched-buddy comedies.
  22. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    33
    There are a few hilarious bits, but even those are drowned out by constant gunfire and Morgan’s motormouthing. Willis is going through the motions; Scott is funny, if irritating; Morgan is irritating and not so funny.
  23. 30
    It’s a phoned-in, gutless piece of hack work that reminds you of other, better films in the same vein.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    Sluggish, formulaic.
  25. 30
    An equally tired and wearisome buddy-cop movie that might as well be a forgotten leftover from the era of "Turner and Hooch." Now there's a film with classic Kevin Smith scrawled all over it.
  26. A buddy cop film in which one of the cops continually quotes dialogue espoused by fictional cops, in everything from "Heat" to "RoboCop," and not once is it funny.
  27. 25
    A soulless, witless, landfill contraption that Smith once would have mocked mercilessly.
  28. Reviewed by: Nick Starkey
    25
    When your movie is nothing more than a cheap and uninteresting homage, best not to call attention to that fact with a ten minute opening scene to that effect.
  29. Represents his (Smith) first act of cinematic cynicism, his first crime against his own talent. With this action comedy, he has given us 110 worthless minutes, a bad formula movie like every other bad formula movie.
  30. Fails as a comedy-drama because it’s neither funny nor involving. But it fails as a buddy movie because Willis and Morgan make for a dull couple.
  31. Desperation oozes from every frame of Cop Out, which front-loads its best joke -- then spends the rest of its running time endlessly spinning its wheels.
  32. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    10
    Tedious to watch and torture to listen to.
  33. 0
    Nothing to see here, keep moving.
  34. Cop Out wouldn't be as disappointing if it hadn't been made by Smith, but for those who dig the vulgar wit of his early, funny films, it's not just stupid, it's sad. At least the worst film of the year also bears its most forgettable title.
  35. 0
    With so much junk littering the screen these days, the movie business looks like a garbage strike, and it’s beginning to smell, too. The latest pollution from the celluloid dumpster is sub-mental horror called Cop Out.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 39
  2. Negative: 16 out of 39
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    4
    "Cop Out" is plain terrible. Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan fails to show any 'buddy performance'. Instead they succeed to present the true"Cop Out" is plain terrible. Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan fails to show any 'buddy performance'. Instead they succeed to present the true meaning of 'preposterously idiotic'. Way to go, Kevin Smith. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2010
    10
    I don't get what was so bad about this movie. It was hilarious! And thanks to this movie, I am now a Tracy Morgan fan! Usually, I was never aI don't get what was so bad about this movie. It was hilarious! And thanks to this movie, I am now a Tracy Morgan fan! Usually, I was never a fan of Kevin Smith's movies, but this movie mad me change my mind about him. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2010
    1
    Pathetic...Most of the user comments don't understand what a movie is meant to be. This movie is as good as any video that you can find onPathetic...Most of the user comments don't understand what a movie is meant to be. This movie is as good as any video that you can find on Youtube. Bad plot, a slightly funny joke every so often and easily forgotten after 5 minutes.

    I understand that the movie is only meant to be funny and that it's not meant to be amazing or something that anyone would recommend, but this movie fails at a comedy just like the parody movies that fail such as Meet The Spartans and Scary Movie. Both hated by anyone who knows anything about movies.

    Listen to the critics, they get paid for a reason.
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