Hollywood Reporter - 08/01/2010
"Ferrell keeps the winning streak intact while drawing out Mark Wahlberg's untapped funny side in THE OTHER GUYS....Ridiculously entertaining..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/13/2010
"The movie is as antic and raucous and fun as any of the star's previous screen outings, only this one has a surprisingly rich personal flavor. It's Ferrell's richest riff yet on the comedy of conflicted aggression." -- Grade: A-
Los Angeles Times - 08/06/2010 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]lever and funny from the first frame....The filmmakers are in fine fettle, which goes a long way to make much of the low-brow silliness and slapstick infectious."
A.V. Club - 08/05/2010
"Ferrell draws a wealth of good material from his character's oddball ineffectuality, and he partners perfectly with Wahlberg, who's always best at his most incredulous." -- Grade: B+
Wall Street Journal - 08/06/2010
"It's loud, raunchy semicoherent and stuffed to the bursting point with heavy weaponry and car chases....[With] an extended riff on 'Law & Order' that is blessed with inventive wordplay in the sacred tradition of AIRPLANE!..."
Box Office - 08/03/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]onsistently funny....[D]irector Adam McKay gives this undynamic duo a chance to prove their mettle."
Washington Post - 08/06/2010
"Wahlberg proves himself a master of the slow burn. He's our glowering stand-in, the angry straight man to Ferrell's earnest, unhinged idiot."
Movieline - 08/05/2010
"Among comic actors, Ferrell is extremely alive to, and generous with, his colleagues. Part of his gift is the way he so willingly provides a reflective surface for them, instead of just hogging the spotlight."
New York Times - 08/05/2010
"Mr. Ferrell uses his big body, his quick mind and his infinitely fungible voice to yoke disparate and ridiculous traits into a brand new and yet instantly archetypal comic character."
Total Film - 08/24/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Wahlberg who wins the class clown award, flexing his comedic clout by maintaining a subtle deadpan..."
Uncut - 10/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "The first half is all skittery absurdity..."
Premiere - 12/14/2010
"A goofy cop spoof of sorts with an onslaught of quick-fire jokes....Ferrell plays to his strengths and Wahlberg utilizes his breathless-always-on-the-verge-of-panic persona."
Empire - 01/07/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "Michael Keaton is a comic god here, delivering a new spin on the unforgiving captain..."
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 left a sizable black mark on his permanent record. Detectives Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) are the complete opposites of Gamble and Hoitz: unwaveringly confident, they always get their man, and they do it with style to spare. When the time comes for Gamble and Hoitz to prove their mettle and save the day, their incompetence becomes the stuff of legend.