War on Everyone

War on Everyone

War on Everyone

Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård are a pair of drug-snorting, give-zero-crap cops in this black comedy from the writer-director of The Guard and Calvary.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Terry Monroe (Skarsgård) and Bob Bolaño (Peña) are two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?

2016Rating: R16, Sex scenes, violence, drug use and offensive language98 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

Not quite hell (more like creative limbo)

Ouch. John Michael McDonagh's debut feature, The Guard, was a passably cute Irish variation on the mismatched cop formula. His last film, the near-brilliant Calvary, was definitely a huge step forward (do see it, if you haven't). So it's disappointing that his third film should feel like two big steps backward: War on Everyone finds him in buddy cop...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Makes a peculiar sort of statement, riffing on such violent genres as Westerns and cop movies, even as it questions why the country puts guns (and badges) into the hands of angry misfits.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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The era-defying costumes, the old fashioned cars, the funk-music score, and retro horizontal wipes and canted angles all give War on Everyone a place outside of time that helps some of the more abrasive comedy go down smoothly.

Time Out

Time Out

press

A noisy, funny but fatally glib and self-regarding comedy thriller.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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If the jokes don’t work, it’s just racism for the hell of it, lip-smacking violence directed at whatever stereotype you most despise, and a film that’s no use to anyone.

1.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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There’s fun to be had in the shtick, but the point? It’s missing, presumed dead.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Pena and Skarsgard are fitfully funny, but you can't help but feel that their characters and their motivations (or lack thereof) are fairly one-dimensional.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's just one long tiresome bad cop/worse cop routine...

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Misfiring buddy-cop comedy is a less than lethal weapon.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

McDonagh — cutting with old-school line-wipes, cranking up the Glen Campbell — is clearly having a blast. The feeling’s contagious.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Makes a peculiar sort of statement, riffing on such violent genres as Westerns and cop movies, even as it questions why the country puts guns (and badges) into the hands of angry misfits.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The era-defying costumes, the old fashioned cars, the funk-music score, and retro horizontal wipes and canted angles all give War on Everyone a place outside of time that helps some of the more abrasive comedy go down smoothly.

Time Out

Time Out

press

A noisy, funny but fatally glib and self-regarding comedy thriller.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

If the jokes don’t work, it’s just racism for the hell of it, lip-smacking violence directed at whatever stereotype you most despise, and a film that’s no use to anyone.

1.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There’s fun to be had in the shtick, but the point? It’s missing, presumed dead.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Pena and Skarsgard are fitfully funny, but you can't help but feel that their characters and their motivations (or lack thereof) are fairly one-dimensional.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It's just one long tiresome bad cop/worse cop routine...

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Misfiring buddy-cop comedy is a less than lethal weapon.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

McDonagh — cutting with old-school line-wipes, cranking up the Glen Campbell — is clearly having a blast. The feeling’s contagious.

4.0

Not quite hell (more like creative limbo)

Ouch. John Michael McDonagh's debut feature, The Guard, was a passably cute Irish variation on the mismatched cop formula. His last film, the near-brilliant Calvary, was definitely a huge step forward (do see it, if you haven't). So it's disappointing that his third film should feel like two big steps backward: War on Everyone finds him in buddy cop...

2.0