"[T]he movie morphs into an action comedy with a tonal complexity that marks it as a very contemporary creative project....21 JUMP STREET is a riot of risks that pay off, the biggest of which might be handing Tatum funny business." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (03/23/2012)
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his mix of buddy-buddy cop movie and high-school comedy is surprisingly fun-packed from start to finish."
Total Film - James Mottram (04/01/2012)
4.5 out of 5 -- "Jonah Hill is masterful at delivering absurd stories with so much sweetness, the nonsense can't even get in the way. If you loved SUPERBAD...this could be your new favorite movie."
Box Office - Sara Vizcarrondo (03/09/2012)
"[Tatum] has the kind of comic timing that’s deceptively laid-back and sharp at the same time."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (03/15/2012)
"[The film has] an endearing, punch-you-in-the-arm-because-I-like-you-man charm."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (03/16/2012)
"[C]heerfully chaotic, gleefully vulgar....The most agreeable parts turn on the unlikely affection that grows between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as screw-up cops and reluctant buddies..."
Wall Street Journal (03/15/2012)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of the pleasures of 21 JUMP STREET is that the screenplay by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill is happy to point out all of its improbabilities; the premise is preposterous to begin with, and they run with that."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (03/14/2012)
"[T]here's enough disposable fun to be had in a script that relishes every chance to prove it's not trying too hard..."
Sight and Sound - Lisa Mullen (04/01/2012)
"Hill is in fine form....It’s Tatum, an introspective actor not thought of as an exuberant funnyman, who rises to the occasion with a loose, mischievous performance..."
Hollywood Reporter - Michael Rechtshaffen (03/05/2012)
3 stars out of 4 -- "[W]ith a fresh script, flip humor and inspired casting....It's that rare comedy that's funny throughout, with a hilarious story that hinges on the unlikely pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (03/16/2012)
"21 JUMP STREET is an example of how formula-driven entertainment can succeed....silly, spirited and, yes, smart enough to work."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (03/16/2012)
3 stars out of 4 -- "This bracing new take on 21 JUMP STREET has a playful spark all its own. It's a blast."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (03/29/2012)