Reviews for The Watch
Not a single action that takes place in The Watch conforms to any known standards of human behavior. There are no characters here, at least none that we might recognize as actual people. They exist as Comedic Delivery Devices, adhering to a hot mess...
The Watch is a watered-down hybrid of about half a dozen other movies, and that's the problem. Doing something that's already been done before is a dicey proposition to begin with; doing it without bringing anything new to the table is an invitation to...
Reel Film Reviews
It's almost impossible to believe that The Watch comes from the same man behind the gleefully irreverent Hot Rod, as the film is, for the most part, a hopelessly mundane and aggressively conventional comedy that bears few (if any) similarities to its...
The Charlotte Observer
In “The Watch,” the neighborhood-watch-discovers-an-alien-invasion comedy, he’s second banana to Ben Stiller, trying like heck to keep from being third-billed to Jonah Hill. So he’s back to his old self, riffing like a fiend, improvising nicknames for...
There was something both intriguing and off-putting about the trailers for the film “The Watch.” No, it has nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin shooting, though I know that news story threw the film’s marketing into a tizzy earlier this year.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Lord knows, after last week's tragic events, we could sure use a nice, cheeky comedy to lighten us all up, but despite a fun premise, and a strong core cast, THE WATCH is far too uneven to fit the bill. This should have been a slam-dunk, with Stiller...
Atlantic City Weekly
The Watch already had a strike against it before it was released. Originally titled Neighborhood Watch, that title was abandoned after the shooting death in Florida of a 17-year-old by an over-zealous ...
Aliens are all the rage these days. Even the Frat Pack - Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, at least - is going up against beings from outer space who want to wipe us out in gruesome fashion. The Watch, the film where all of that happens, is a fine comedy...
Mark Reviews Movies
One can only assume a good portion of The Watch was improvised by its actors. Many of the jokes are long, rambling discussions of useless information and stupid plans. The occasional jump cuts to an actor at a different angle once the riffing is...
If the new Ben Stiller comedy “The Watch” feels a tad familiar, it’s because it’s a quasi-rip-off of the infinitely funnier kick-ass Brit comedy “Attack the Block.” In the U.K. release, a gang of South London kids collect their bats and chains and ...
On paper, The Watch looks terrific. It's got three decent Hollywood stars in Stiller, Vaughan and Hill, along with much-loved Brit Ayoeda (who is clearly destined for big things Stateside). It's got an interesting Neighbourhood Watch set-up.
Just because 20th Century Fox changed the film's title from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” doesn't mean the comedy about an (eventually) gun-toting neighborhood watch group plays any better a few months after the death of Trayvon Martin.
Remember those old commercials for Certs? “It’s a breath mint,” they’d say. No, “it’s a candy mint.” It was really “two…two…two mints in one.” I bring this up because the new film “The Watch” is like a Certs. Actually many Certs.
New York Post
‘The Watch” is a comedy about a baffling and revolting alien life-form: Ohioans. By extension, the joke is on any American striver who doesn’t have a groovy urban job. This time, when audience members walk out saying, “It slimed me,” they won’t be...
Christian Science Monitor
In the new Ben Stiller comedy “The Watch,” four guys come together in suburban Glenview, Ohio, to form a neighborhood-watch group after a series of gruesome and inexplicable murders. They should have been on the look-out for theaters playing...
Eric D. Snider
Not much about “The Watch” is surprising, though whether that’s good or bad depends on your view. The sophomorically dirty R-rated comedy has performances by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade that are approximately what you’d...
According to an old showbiz saw, the key to comedy is timing. Well, the new big-budget sci-fi comedy The Watch has a problem there. The laugher about a self-appointed “neighborhood watch” doing what the cops can’t comes just five months after a neighborho
Shadows on the Wall
The Watch This is an oddly foul-spirited comedy from writers Stern (Mr Popper's Penguins) and Rogen and Goldberg (Pineapple Express), who are usually more adept at finding character-based laughs than merely taking cheap shots.
At some point during the brainstorming process of The Watch, someone realised that seeing a bunch of helpless, terrified people shuddering at the thought of an impending alien invasion just won’t cut it anymore and threw down the idea of making a...
Originally called ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, The Watch was re-titled after the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by an armed volunteer.
Science Fiction Flim
Last year saw an attempt to cross the science fiction film with the western with Cowboys and Aliens. This year we get The Watch, mixing the moron guy comedy with yet another alien invasion story. It’s The Hangover meets Attack the Block.
The Watch is the latest addition to that family of films that attempts to marry supernatural fantasy to comedic hijinks. It is a marriage that has borne some successful fruit (Ghostbusters, Men in Black) but, admittedly, there have also been a few bad...
Neither an in-depth look at the internal mechanisms of a specific timepiece, nor a noir-ish character study of some tortured voyeur peering through grime-encrusted blinds at hapless young dames … consider The Watch as a lame monster mash-up.
One Guy's Opinion
In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, the studio altered the title of this brainless comedy from “Neighborhood Watch” to the current stripped-down version. They should have kept the name and changed everything else instead.
Ghostbusters meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers in this bromantic sci-fi comedy from Hot Rod and Saturday Night Live director Akiva Schaffer. Ben Stiller plays an uptight Costco manager who founds a neighbourhood watch group to help track down a...
Timing is everything in comedy. When a neighborhood-watch volunteer was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin earlier this year -- in real life, that is -- 20th Century Fox changed the title of its forthcoming comedy from...
Fan The Fire
When I saw The Expendables a couple of years ago, the giddy audience was pretty pumped up on the idea of seeing 80s/90s action heroes running around shooting things. There were whoops and cheers during the opening credits when the requisite names...
Sacramento News & Review
An Ohio Costco manager (Ben Stiller) forms a neighborhood watch in the wake of a grisly murder in his store, but his only volunteers (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) are a pretty unfocused and none-too-bright crew.
If this movie wanders into your neighborhood, the only watch that will hold your attention is the timepiece on your wrist.
“It’s like an extended version of a mediocre 1980s sitcom with special effects.”
Last summer, a cool little action-comedy from England came to the U.S. It was called Attack the Block. It was about a gang of teenage criminals in a rough London neighborhood who discover that aliens have invaded their housing project.
Complacency is as big a problem in Hollywood as anywhere else. Just as long-time spouses can fall into depressingly familiar patterns and employees may become dangerously comfortable in non-challenging positions, so too do studios tend to stick with...
Time Out London
American superstore Costco gets an iffy amount of brand exposure in this marginally amusing alien-invasion comedy: it provides employment for Ben Stiller’s milquetoast hero and houses a climactic, explosives-heavy showdown between man and...
Seemingly perfect, placid suburban neighbourhoods harbouring a dark secret have been fodder for movies for years now, exploited to great effect by the likes of Tim Burton, who’s mined creepy characters and oddball comedy from the concept.
Lacking the bite of Attack The Block, Stiller and co. are happy to fall back on their usual shtick, with director Schaffer providing barely enough juice to power the laughs.