James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture writes: "30 Minutes or Less is an action-comedy that is not very loaded with action or comedy. Based on a true story, Michael Diliberti's screenplay is fun, original and has a few clever plot twists. Director Ruben Fleischer (who brought the world Zombieland) tries to bring out the humor in the script, but the story steers itself more towards the action side of the fence. The premise is captivating, but the film just isn't funny enough to be considered a good comedy, and it isn't exciting enough to be considered a good action movie. The action-comedy identity crisis leaves 30 Minutes or Less in limbo between the two genres."