The Other Guys


Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. It's a comedy of manhood for the age of emasculation.
  2. The funniest movie of the year.
  3. The Other Guys finds McKay back to trying something wildly ambitious with his comedy, and largely succeeding.
  4. 83
    Great casting takes The Other Guys most of the way: Ferrell draws a wealth of good material from his character's oddball ineffectuality, and he partners perfectly with Wahlberg, who's always best at his most incredulous.
  5. 83
    This summer's funniest movie.
  6. 80
    The Other Guys isn't easy to peg. It's not a comedy that loosens you up and mellows you out; it works by needling you progressively into a state of anxiety.
  7. Nimbly blending comedy and action -- with an affectionate slo-mo nod to John Woo -- McKay does his best work to date here.
  8. 75
    The film's first 15 minutes are by far the most fun (and could be the best quarter-hour of any movie released this year), with Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock letting it all hang out.
  9. 75
    So hilarious that even longtime Ferrell haters (me) can't resist it.
  10. 75
    At its core, a perceptive satire of the interpersonal boiling points in buddy-cop pictures.
  11. 75
    Ferrell is effortlessly uproarious. And watching hardass Wahlberg, in his first starring shot at farce, shake his sillies out is not to be missed.
  12. Here the filmmakers are in fine fettle, which goes a long way to make much of the low-brow silliness and slapstick infectious.
  13. A surprising, laugh-out-loud take on the old buddy-cop genre. It's sneaky and smartly funny, offering an almost perfect balance of action and comedy. That's the good news. Then there's the matter of the movie's disheartening final 25 minutes.
  14. It's loud, raunchy, semicoherent and stuffed to the bursting point with heavy weaponry and car chases, most of which involve a red, cocaine-covered Prius that's been pressed into service as a police car. But Adam McKay's comedy of chaos, which he wrote with Chris Henchy, can also be very funny.
  15. 70
    Michael Keaton is a stitch as an emasculated police captain moonlighting as a retail store manager.
  16. 70
    It's a mixed bag with plenty of gags that fall flat, not a comic masterpiece. But it's got tremendous zing, a sense of mischief and a big heart, more than enough to mark it as a delicious shot of caffeinated ice cream, and the summer season's funniest comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Like some silly summer song that can't be shaken from the mind, this is a catchy enterprise, no better than it tries to be and no less funny.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Like a padded "Saturday Night Live" sketch. What would have been very funny for 15 minutes, and pretty funny for 45, doesn't maintain the standard over the course of a feature-length film.
  19. For a good hour, this is the picture Kevin Smith was trying to make with "Cop Out."
  20. 63
    It's amusingly off-the-wall, but entirely too cluttered to come together.
  21. As with most Ferrell projects, there's nothing profound going on in The Other Guys. It's just a bit of good, stupid fun, had at the expense of an uber-formulaic genre that has long been ripe for the spoofing. But it also works.
  22. For the most part, The Other Guys is seriously silly stuff, in the best sense.
  23. Reviewed by: James White
    Skewers the action genre while also finding room for sheer madness. We've still yet to see the equal of Ron Burgundy, but this latest offering is a wonky yet worthy addition to the McKay/Ferrell pantheon.
  24. 60
    The film, meanwhile, gives Wahlberg and Ferrell beautiful opportunities to turn their anger-mismanagement-meets-milquetoast act into an absurdist version of Abbott and Costello.
  25. It's dumb and consistently funny.
  26. Wahlberg is surprisingly committed to the ridiculousness.
  27. Opens strongly and front-loads its best gags into the first third of the film. After that, the jokes begin to repeat themselves, and the plot becomes mired in unintelligible details of the white-collar crime.
  28. A typical vehicle for Ferrell's atypical humor.
  29. Have you ever seen a movie you half-liked a lot?
  30. Reviewed by: Josh Levin
    The Other Guys actually suffers by comparison to its own madcap opening sequence.
  31. 50
    Raises expectations that it has no real inclination to fulfill. The movie's best bits would stand alone nicely on YouTube, or on, the comic video boutique of which Mr. McKay is an owner and where he sometimes dabbles in short-form hilarity.
  32. 50
    Starts out as a hilarious take on cop-movie cliches, then turns into Will Ferrell's own "Capitalism: A Love Story."
  33. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    The laughs ultimately take a backseat to a convoluted white-collar crime story.
  34. There's a fine line between stupid comedy that's actually pretty smart and stupid comedy that's just dumb, and The Other Guys crosses the line - into realms of unredeeming dunderheadedness - more often than it should.
  35. 50
    Following the clues, The Other Guys turns more hectic than antic, and somebody didn't pack enough comedy for this long trip.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 371 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 127
  2. Negative: 24 out of 127
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    "The Other Guys" doesn't try to be funny or sarcastic. It's just funny the way it is.
  2. Aug 22, 2010
    The Other Guys was pretty funny but I had higher expectations. It was good but it could have been much better also.
  3. Aug 9, 2010
    Didn't turn out as great as I was hoping having loved some of Will Ferrell's classics (Elf, Anchorman and Talledega Nights). Went to see thisDidn't turn out as great as I was hoping having loved some of Will Ferrell's classics (Elf, Anchorman and Talledega Nights). Went to see this movie Sat 8/7/10 around 7pm and it was showing on 3 screens in a 20-screen complex. Next two showings of the movie were sold out so we (wife and 3 sons) skipped it but had high hopes given its popularity. Returned Sunday evening again at 7pm and the showing was half-full; important because great comedies are even better when a big audience is howling. While the movie was ok, it never had that bust-a-gut scene that Ferrell is capable of. That said, Ferrell was much better than Wahlberg, who's character range was close to zero. You can wait for DVD on this one. Full Review »