The window-smashing and car-crashing offer some giddy surprises, but the ridiculous yet bland gunplay is as generic as the setup.
Doesn't have much going for it beyond its leading men, the leading men just might be worth the price of admission.
No one can steal the show from Johnson and Hart. Their dual rhythms, alternately laid back and hyperactive, end up in a glorious and ridiculous kind of syncopation, unicornlike in its rarity and oddness.
With its canned, predictable action sequences and mirthless attempts at humor, it displays an ineptitude that is frankly shocking considering the talent involved.
The film has a firm grasp of Johnson's appeal as a leading man: He is Hollywood's most imposing ray of sunshine.
Central Intelligence won't blow you out of the theater, but you might be surprised at how well it works - how genuinely funny it is - given the familiarity of this concept.
J. R. Jones
This has a pretty good laugh quotient as far as big-budget action comedies go.
If you're a fan of either Hart or Johnson's usual movie shtick, Central Intelligence is just about fun enough to recommend.
A mostly dumb but often weirdly sweet action comedy about bullies, high-school friendships and grown men who still love John Hughes movies. Oh, and who happen to be spies.