End of Watch
End of Watch (2012)

From the writer of Training Day, End of Watch is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peņa star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: End of Watch has the energy, devotion to characters, and charismatic performances to overcome the familiar pitfalls of its genre and handheld format.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Ayer and his cast appear to have so convincingly nailed the way these characters talk and act that you might not even notice the film slipping from workaday grit into out-and-out myth.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The performances here are so sharp that viewers may wish End of Watch has been shot by someone who knew how to find the right point of view for a scene and leave it there.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

Capturing the stress and tension of the job detail, as well as the emotional toll on the officers, the line between audience and actor is blurred as the camera alternates between their perspective and that of the audience.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The actors, both excellent, get right into Ayer's groove. So by the time we arrive at the unsparing climax, we really know and care about these guys.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Intermittently enjoyable but incredibly frustrating.

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Francesca Steele
Independent (UK)

This is the thinking man's action movie, a cop flick that takes us off the beaten track. Above all, though, it is a bromance.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Gyllenhaal and Pena are after a lived-in camaraderie and a street-level realism. Pena, especially, succeeds; you buy him every second.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Jumpy and exciting.

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

This well-rendered if brutal portrait is a welcome counterweight to the seemingly endless stream of Hollywood paeans to corrupt cop-life in the USA.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer Macklin
More shaky cam than I generally care for. Both Gyllenhaal and Pena were excellent.
Cynthia S.
I almost turned this off after the first half hour, but I am glad that I stuck it out. I found it a decent story. A thriller at times. Full of good… More
Kevin M. Williams
The buddy cop dramedy revisited and made relatable by the spot on performances on it's lead players. The plot setup is somewhat far fetched but its nada… More
Melvin White
Brian Taylor: Come on, man. We're cops. Everybody wants to kill us, Tre. "Every Moment of Your Life They Stand Watch" End of Watch is a hard… More
Matthew Slaven
End of Watch doesn't do anything new, and what it does do has been done better. David Ayer supposedly spent only six days writing the script and it shows,… More
familiar stranger
A cop flick that was neither boring nor interesting. The friendship of the protagonists hardly had anything new. The end is apparently (and most probably,… More