Observe and Report
Observe and Report (2009)

At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it has a mean streak, and does not cater to all tastes, Observe and Report has gut-busting laughs and a fully committed Seth Rogen in irresistible form.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Bracing, bleak and berserk, this is a film which laughs in the face of American intolerance, and comes up punch-drunk and grinning.

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James Berardinelli

It falls short of brilliant but it's a lot more daring than what passes for 'dark comedy' these days, and it reminds us that 'feel bad' comedies may not always be as funny as 'feel good' ones but, when they work, they can ultimately be more satisfying.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

My resistance to embrace this film-even though I like the idea of a subversive, satirical anti-Paul Blart mall cop comedy-is that I had trouble believing it.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I don't think it's much of a comedy. The darkness overpowers everything.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Observe and Report is a lot better when it's being funny than when it's rummaging in the shadows.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

There's a general overbearing unpleasantness to Observe and Report, and you get the feeling this was the intention -- in order to make it more "like life."

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

You don't relate or enjoy watching Seth Rogen's character on screen.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

I don't want to oversell it, but Observe and Report is the sort of offbeat studio movie that should be encouraged.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The film becomes almost nauseating, though, after serving up a steady diet of violence, drug use, racism and date rape.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A clever yet uneven comedy that may be too downbeat for everyone's tastes as it raises sharp questions about our society with a lot of political… More
Tim Salmons
It's difficult to explain why I gravitated towards this. Like everyone else at the time, I just assumed it was a clone of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and I… More
Phil Hubbs
At first glance an inevitable comparison to the Kevin James vehicle 'Paul Blart' springs to mind. To be fair you wouldn't be all that far off… More
Directors Cat
It's my job to observe and report. Bottom line is, it's a very mean film but a very funny one with a committed and energetic Seth Rogen who plays his… More
Bruce Bruce
I've heard somewhere that Observe and Report is Paul Blart Mall Cop in Quentin Tarantino style. Because I love Tarantino's style I thought I should… More
Kristijonas Fussman
Observe and Report is ultimately a cross between Paul Blart and The Taxi Driver, and the result is a super-divisive film loaded with moral reprehensibility and… More