Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    The best, surely the smartest, English-language movie of the year to date.
  2. 100
    The good humor bubbles up from a deep reservoir of affection for Hollywood schlock.
  3. It's not hard to imagine these characters in a straight-faced Hollywood blockbuster. And that's the source of Hot Fuzz's genius, pointing out the thin line that separates convention from farce when Hollywood starts throwing its special effects around.
  4. 91
    Everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight.
  5. In addition to the marvelous lead cast, all sorts of funny performers show up in cameo roles, including Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, and Timothy Dalton.
  6. 90
    For most of its running time, it's an enjoyably unpretentious celebration of the guilty pleasure we can take from a stupid-as-all-get-out car chase or from watching things blow up real good. Then, in its final half hour, Wright and Pegg ratchet up the absurdity tenfold and enter the realm of the sublime.
  7. 90
    Wright and Pegg are storytellers who weave their naughty bits into genuine characters and a plot. It's a ridiculous plot, but one that's absolutely in the spirit of the films they're satirizing.
  8. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Summer hasn't arrived, but the funniest riff on a summer movie genre has already landed.
  9. Pegg and Wright are armed with an endlessly impressive arsenal of attention grabbers, from witty editing tricks to a wry soundtrack and a joke-packed script that demands multiple viewings.
  10. 88
    It's as laceratingly entertaining as its predecessor.
  11. If you see Hot Fuzz, you'll never again watch a Michael Bay film without howling with disrespectful laughter.
  12. In the very funny cop comedy Hot Fuzz, overachieving London police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) commits a very British sin: He's too good.
  13. 83
    It's smashing fun, nonetheless, made with razor wit and continual invention and far, far fresher than not only Hollywood buddy-cop movies but also Hollywood's own spoofs of them.
  14. Hot Fuzz is something all too rare in movie comedies: a story rather than a string of disjointed skits, with hearty characters behind its caricatures.
  15. Reviewed by: Felix Vasquez, Jr.
    80
    The thrill of Hot Fuzz is the chemistry between Nicholas and local oaf Danny Butterman, who is an action film aficionado and finds Nicholas' stories utterly engrossing.
  16. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    80
    The boys (now in blue) have done it again.
  17. 80
    At once deeply affectionate and sharply observed: There's never anything smart-alecky about Wright's approach as a director.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    80
    A British variation on Hollywood nonsense, and as such it's a little gloomier, a little coarser, and a lot more cerebral--oh, and funnier than all the "Reno 911!" boxed sets combined.
  19. Since Mr. Wright and Mr. Pegg are essentially parodying self-parodies, they have also smartly kinked up their conceit by setting most of the film in a sleepy village that might as well be called Ye Old English Towne, thereby wedding one of the most irritating British exports to one of the most absurd American ones. Think of it as "The Full Monty" blown to smithereens.
  20. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    Really, do we need another dumb action movie to remind us how dumb action movies are?...Yes. We absolutely do.
  21. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    A sustained genre parody that's equally funny but (maybe in deference to the genre) much more pumped up.
  22. 80
    The whole enterprise goes far beyond pastiche, wreathing its characters in a film-intoxicated world.
  23. The most originally funny movie to hit U.S. screens in a while.
  24. The best of it is a riot--a "Bad Boys II" fireball hurled with exquisite accuracy at a quaint English town peopled by Agatha Christie archetypes.
  25. 75
    A real actioner, generous with the bullets and blood and chase scenes, that simultaneously mocks shoot-'em-ups.
  26. It's bloody carnage - or it's ketchup, or bolognese sauce, at the very least.
  27. Plays like two films in one, and succeeds on both levels.
  28. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's to the "Lethal Weapon" movies what left-hand driving on a country lane is to a freeway chase: pokey, more than a little daft, but with a bloody surprise around every hedge.
  29. 75
    A little too long and suffers from a sagging midsection when the level of exposition becomes laborious, but the spectacularly entertaining final 30 minutes compensates for a lot of flaws.
  30. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Deeply nuts and exhaustingly hilarious.
  31. With Hot Fuzz, you'll just have to settle for semi-hilarity.
  32. Hot Fuzz is fun, and it's nice to see all the English character actors who aren't busy in Harry Potter films, but it lacks its predecessor's freshness.
  33. 70
    Hot Fuzz deploys the same mix of genre conventions, slapstick and old-school British humor that made "Shaun of the Dead" such a dumb-but-good romp.
  34. 63
    Basically a one-joke movie, and they take their sweet time -- too much of it, actually -- getting to the good stuff. But what excellent laughs they provide in the end.
  35. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Though it's no "Monty Python," Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.
  36. All the action is staged with energy, but it gets relentless without anything really funny going on.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 459 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 169
  1. maxj
    Feb 11, 2009
    10
    Very funny and full of silly and fun action and an impressive storyline makes me want to watch it over and over again.
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    8
    "Hot Fuzz" blows off the movie core with mind-less action, agreeable humor (that has no penis jokes), and bad ass performances by Simon Pegg"Hot Fuzz" blows off the movie core with mind-less action, agreeable humor (that has no penis jokes), and bad ass performances by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Every minute is a blast, every second is worth the watch.

    ! NOTE-I GAVE THE WRONG SCORE FOR THE FIRST ONE!
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  3. JamieC.
    Mar 9, 2009
    10
    This movie is cleverly written with great comedy and a unique plotline. Like no other movie out there. I've watched it several times and This movie is cleverly written with great comedy and a unique plotline. Like no other movie out there. I've watched it several times and it gets better and better... Full Review »