Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 21, 2012
    Mythic, thrilling and brilliantly made motion picture.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 20, 2012
    The best scenes are filmed inside the cruiser, dashboard shots that face inward instead of out, catching Gyllenhaal and Peña in moments so playful and true they make all other buddy cops look bogus by comparison.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 19, 2012
    One of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 19, 2012
    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 in a long time.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 20, 2012
    David Ayer, the writer of "Training Day," director of "Street Kings," writer/director of "Harsh Times," does not make movies about princesses with witchy curses, about yuppie commitment-phobes, about talking plush toys. His territory is narrow, but he owns it: cops, in Los Angeles.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 20, 2012
    The problem with End of Watch, a gripping police drama, is director David Ayer's stylistic decision to shoot nearly the entire movie tripod-less. Or, to put it another way, there's a whole lotta shakin' going on.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 21, 2012
    I wish that the Mexican drug cartel subplot was not so overwrought and Oliver Stone-ish, and the decision to shoot much of the film "Cops"-style is also problematic. But the film puts you right inside an everyday inferno and, to its credit, doesn't turn down the heat.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 251 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 73
  2. Negative: 7 out of 73
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    An amazing police thriller/drama film that reminds you of such great cop show oldies like Adam-12 and 21 Jump Street. With deep characters, great acting and superb directing, End of Watch is worth watching. Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. There were racist jokes, a gold-plated AK-47, a man who survives being stabbed in the eye with a knife. There's simply not enough of that in movies. Also, the bad guys were cast well. Big Evil plays big evil very well. Full Review »
  3. Sep 23, 2012
    This film humanizes cops. Excellent movie! The movie contains a lot of criminal trends. It may seem fake to a lot of people but the truth is that what this movie contains in it is reality. When watching this movie people may say "that doesn't happen" the truth is that it does. I will watch this movie again in the next couple of days!!! Full Review »