There's wonder here that films with quadruple the effects budget would kill for.
The film is more guileful than it looks, even though the narrative is nuts ...
No comedy classic, then, but a good natured and engaging slice of goonish self-mockery.
... the movie definitely struck a chord with the crowd I saw it with ... (with) a climax that brings bromance back ...
This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell.
Crass, flimsily plotted, and self-referential to the point of narcissistic personality disorder. For those willing to tolerate such defects, however, it is also very, very funny.
The filmmaking itself is disarmingly amusing, hitting grace notes amid the grandiosity.
Though This Is the End drags slightly here and there, the filmmakers keep it interesting by making the personal relationships dynamic, and the movie redeems all that is self-referential and self-congratulatory about it with a warmth of spirit.
J. R. Jones
Their big joke is to literalize the Book of Revelations, but snaking around this is a biting contempt for the entertainment business, their own bad movies, and the social privilege these confer.