Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 20 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Tedious to watch and torture to listen to.
  2. 38
    A lot of the dialogue is intended as funny, but man, is it lame.
  3. 38
    Repeatedly shoots for laughs -- but ends up mostly firing blanks.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
  5. It's a performance in search of a movie.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 25
    A soulless, witless, landfill contraption that Smith once would have mocked mercilessly.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Starkey
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 30
    It’s a phoned-in, gutless piece of hack work that reminds you of other, better films in the same vein.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sluggish, formulaic.
  18. 0
    Nothing to see here, keep moving.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    "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
    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 a fan of Kevin Smith's movies, but this movie mad me change my mind about him. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2010
    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 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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