• PG, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Savage Steve Holland
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1985 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 16, 2002
  • CBS Entertainment Production

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Better Off Dead Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Full of...goofy ironies, and while it ain't Molière, it is a pretty great entry in the teen-comedy genre. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unfortunately, only about half of the many jokes and gags in the film are actually funny.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 24, 2007

perhaps the greatest movie of all time

Full Review Source: sbs.is | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 19, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Hilarious and brilliantly deadpan.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

I've rarely met anyone who didn't secretly love it passionately.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com

Forget Citizen Kane. As a matter of history, this seminal film is unquestionably the finest work of cinema ever made. Required viewing for all students and fans of the art form.

| Original Score: B+

August 12, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

strives to be offbeat and sometimes works itself into a sweat doing so. The humor often hits the bullseye, however...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

July 31, 2003
Fred Topel
About.com

Classic '80s Cusack vehicle.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Better Off Dead's charm stems from its imagination and attitude.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

July 10, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The film doesn't seem to have much of a focus. But it doesn't seem to want one, either.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

John Cusack launched his career as a lovable loser at love with this teen comedy about a guy who gets dumped when his girlfriend decides to trade up.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Clint Morris
Moviehole

John Cusack can even turn a no-brainer into worthwhile entertainment

| Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2002
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

It's a sure bet you're gonna have fun.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 8, 2002
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

Although the plot is sweet and simple, the laughs are what make this movie stand out.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 86/100

August 8, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

A unique, kooky gem.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

I love this movie, with its bizarre tangents and dream sequences.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 21, 2005
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2005
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2002
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