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A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in this buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). New York City detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) is more comfortable pushing pencils than busting bad guys. A meticulous forensic accountant, his numbers are never off. Detective Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) is Gamble's reluctant partner. Try as Detective Hoitz might to get back on the streets, an embarrassing encounter with Derek Jeter has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Other Guys is the sort of movie that generates some of its best jokes quietly in the background or as quick-hit throwaway lines, while other terrific gags are defiantly over the top."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The Other Guys is the rare big-budget studio comedy that knows how to allocate its resources."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"Ferrell hasn't been this funny in years."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Juxtaposes the excesses of our unregulated financial sector with the excesses of the buddy cop movie."
‑ Matt Singer,
"This is the fourth feature that Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay have collaborated on, and once again they deliver laugh-out-loud if ultimately disposable comedy with mixed messages about arrested male development."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"Through it all, Ferrell is as Ferrell does. He's a non sequitur with frizz."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have excellent chemistry, and provide for a lot of funny moments, but a poorly written plot and some forced jokes make The Other Guys only a good, not great comedy."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"The first 30 minutes of the film, where this concept is really milked to the max, easily makes for some of the funniest comedy of the year."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"There are quite a few fun and hilarious moments to be had thanks to a knockout supporting cast, but there's a reason we've never followed "the other guys" before."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"There's a wealth of joyously berserk idiot humour, fusing slapstick and satire, surrealism and stream-of-consciousness improv into what could well prove the funniest movie of the year."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Deteriorates into something resembling Rush Hour 3."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"One of the biggest problems overall, besides the lack of comedy, was the lack of story."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Not all of the gags pan out, but when they do they get more than a few chuckles."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Even the credits at the end of the film are smart, detailing the inequities of CEO pay and the government bailout of AIG and large banking firms."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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