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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It's dumb and consistently funny.
  4. Wahlberg is surprisingly committed to the ridiculousness.
  5. 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.
  6. A typical vehicle for Ferrell's atypical humor.
  7. Have you ever seen a movie you half-liked a lot?
  8. Reviewed by: Josh Levin
    The Other Guys actually suffers by comparison to its own madcap opening sequence.
  9. 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.
  10. 50
    Starts out as a hilarious take on cop-movie cliches, then turns into Will Ferrell's own "Capitalism: A Love Story."
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    The laughs ultimately take a backseat to a convoluted white-collar crime story.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 372 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 128
  2. Negative: 24 out of 128
  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 »