One of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso fusion of performances and often startling action
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times
The best scenes are filmed inside the cruiser, dashboard shots that face inward instead of out, catching Gyllenhaal and Peña in moments so playful and true they make all other buddy cops look bogus by comparison.
—Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
Writer/director David Ayer gives us an authentic, sometimes shockingly gruesome ride along.
—Richard Roeper RichardRoeper.com
Unlike many action thrillers where the viewer is fairly certain that no real harm can come to the protagonists, such is never the case here. In this gritty ride-along, we sense that anything can happen, which adds to the propulsive momentum of a riveting story.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
End of Watch gives you the savage whoosh of being on a job that can get you killed. Sins of cop clichés can be forgiven when a movie pays honest tribute to police on the line.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone