It's such a vibrant goof, so full of love both for the movies and for its cast of ridiculous characters that you forgive it the odd soggy stretch.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2007-08-18
Wright and Pegg have topped Shaun of the Dead by trans(atlantic)planting a whole gaggle of genres.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2007-04-24
The movie duly quickens into pursuits of every speed, and the homage to action thrillers is there in the smallest detail; the clicking of a ballpoint pen, say, is amplified to sound as menacing as the cocking of a gun.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2007-04-23
Hot Fuzz is everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight.
Nathan Rabin, AV Club, 2007-04-21
Because this culture-clash comedy has real characters, a real story and a real big payoff, the two-hour length is a light sentence.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2007-04-21
Though it's no Monty Python, Hot Fuzz is a clever, over-the-top marriage of mayhem and merriment.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2007-04-20
What prevents Hot Fuzz from crossing over into already well-travelled Naked Gun territory is the constant bouncing of high-Hollywood style and the timid, teatime setting.
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, 2007-04-20
What will Wright and Pegg set their targets for next? I don't know, but I'll be watching.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2007-04-20
Only people who have an equal fondness for strolls through English cottage gardens and Dirty Harry movies are going to fall madly in love with the film, but just about everybody is going to like it.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2007-04-20
Although Hot Fuzz is a good 30 minutes too long (the ending -- or endings -- are endless), it is also good for long stretches of laughs.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2007-04-20
This rude, bodily fluid-spattered romp is like the Red Bull version of every bad buddy police picture a little Lethal Weapon, a lot of Bad Boys, and waaaaay too much Point Break.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2007-04-20
Summer hasn't arrived, but the funniest riff on a summer movie genre has already landed.
David Ansen, Newsweek, 2007-04-20
Hot Fuzz runs a bit long for a cop spoof, but it is also one of the funniest law enforcement comedies this side of The Naked Gun.
Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger, 2007-04-20
The U.S. audience may be stung to find beloved action cliches desecrated, but these Britheimers are on to something.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2007-04-20
Pegg and Wright are armed with an endlessly impressive arsenal of attention grabbers, from witty editing tricks to a wry soundtrack and a joke-packed script that demands multiple viewings.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2007-04-20
Hot Fuzz may not be quite at its predecessor's mark, but the cast sure is -- they're all, every last one of them, Shauns of the Deadpan.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2007-04-20