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War on Everyone

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United Kingdom

2016

Rated R • 1h38

John Michael McDonagh

Director

Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson

Stars

Action, Comedy, Mystery

Genre

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Two corrupt cops in New Mexico 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?

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58

The Film Stage by

A noticeable step down from the highs of The Guard and Calvary, War on Everyone is still only McDonagh’s third effort and nonetheless a bold, lively endeavour.
50

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film is in love with the tropes it ridicules, and it doesn't take long for that love to dwarf any possibility of critique.
40

The Guardian by Henry Barnes

You can’t let your heroes be truly, purely horrible. But McDonagh’s moral twist comes in way too late and much too hard. It leaves you dizzy.
67

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Entertaining though it is in parts, it can’t really be said to mark any particular growth for McDonagh as a filmmaker, being both less angry and more cynical that the brooding "Calvary" and consequently less memorable and relevant too.
60

Screen International by Lee Marshall

War On Everyone is essentially a clothes hanger for smart one-liners, verbal and visual, and its success will depend partly on how folks like the look of the clothes hanger.
80

Empire by Nick de Semlyen

A thinking person’s Bad Boys, this off-kilter indie crime comedy introduces two deliriously warped lawmen to the screen. Here’s to a Cuba-invading sequel.
20

The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Theoretically, getting to see Peña and Skarsgård goof around with these leading roles is the film’s headline draw; but the script is so misguidedly pleased with itself, all you’re doing is watching two amiable stars mug strenuously and try their best.

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