Excerpt: In the right company, the apocalypse can be quite funny and these six seasoned veterans prove themselves to be the right company, able to portray themselves as petty, irresponsible idiots and laugh at their personas and bodies of work.
Excerpt: This Is The End is one of the messiest, most gleefully weird mainstream comedies in recent years, one that has plenty of laughs, but also a deeply personal quality. As far as expressions of doubt about whether or not you’re a good person go, it’s an odd one, but that doesn’t make it any less heartfelt, even if its earnestness takes the form of profanity, violence and phalluses.
Excerpt: THIS IS THE END successfully overcomes its biggest potential liability, extending its one-joke premise too far by keeping the movie short and, as the film version of Jonah Hill would say, “tight.”
Excerpt: “This is the End” is going to appeal most to young males who haven’t really hit adulthood but who are old enough to go to R-rated movies by themselves. “This is the End” may be a messy and self-indulgent vanity project, but it does deliver the goods when it counts, and it doesn’t wimp out
Excerpt: It’s like a giant inside-joke that would seem like a self-pleased, masturbatory vanity project on paper, but actually, “This Is the End” is a gleefully foul-mouthed, often inspiredly nutty, anything-goes meta-lark.
Excerpt: But by the end, This is the End has built up enough good will to make up for its late-story shortcomings. Along with the similarly-themed The World’s End, this is one of the funniest movies of the year.