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Bones (2001)

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21

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 52

Slow to start, the sleek looking Bones is more silly than scary.

24

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 16

Slow to start, the sleek looking Bones is more silly than scary.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 18,060

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Movie Info

Cinematographer turned director Ernest Dickerson returns to the horror genre with this African-American, urban twist on haunted house stories. Rap star Snoop Doggy Dogg makes his debut as a leading man in the title role of Jimmy Bones, stylish protector of a thriving inner-city neighborhood in 1979. When he refuses to knuckle under to powerful interests bent on introducing crack cocaine into his turf, Bones is betrayed by some of his own people, murdered, and buried in the basement of his gothic

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror

Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe

Feb 26, 2002

$6.8M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (52) | DVD (19)

May be pure trash, but it's trash made with the kind of oozy psychedelic zest that powered a movie like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A mangy and ungainly movie, a cluttered and uncreepy assembly of stale clichés, telegraphed scares and low-rent effects.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A grotesquely uneven schlockfest with large doses of bad writing and bad acting amid the delicious moments.

October 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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The bogus script doesn't leave anyone in the cast, including the usually impressive Pam Grier, much chance of a stellar performance.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It takes a full hour before anything interesting happens (believe me, I checked)...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Interesting characters and witty dialogue are overshadowed by predictable gore and an overblown climax.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...this blows supremely and it's not Snoop's fault.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
Supercala.com

A fun, over-the-top, campy horror flick starring the perfectly cast Snoop Dogg.

February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

It's just too bad that every horror movie released these days has a numeral attached to it, or in this case...should have one.

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

More creepy than scary, but it definitely jangles the nerves.

November 9, 2001
Jam! Movies

Not only painfully predictable, it is vile.

November 9, 2001
Jam! Movies

Make no bones about it... this urban frightfest is ridiculously tough to chew on!

October 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Bones wanted to be stylish but ended up being a waste of time.

October 29, 2001 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

The story is a creepy urban parable with a fondness for 70s street culture and exploitation movies and a moral underpinning, but it never gels.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

No one here escapes offensive, negative stereotyping.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

With his smooth-as-smoke voice and street-strutting panache, Dogg has the makings of a genuinely great actor.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There is howler amusement here, though blaxploitative horror spoofed with so dense a pile-on loses force.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Fails so completely to generate suspense, shock, dramatic momentum or anything else that a kind-hearted viewer may end up rooting for it out of sympathy as it slowly digs its own grave.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bones

If you're looking for one of the worst horror films ever made, then Bones may be the one you're looking for. Starring Snoop Dogg in the title role, Bones is an uneven mess and quite simply a bad film. This is a poorly made horror film that has too many clichéd moments from other, better horror films. Bones fails on so many levels that you don't even know were to begin. This is trash, a poorly made horror film that has an interesting story, but is so poorly executed that it ends up being a waste of time. This is a pointless excuse for a horror film and those who green lit this piece of crap should drop out of the filmmaking business. The elements that comprise the story have been overdone so many times and the acting here is plainly horrible. A waste of time is the best way to describe this poorly crafted horror yarn. This is a stupid film lacking anything creative about its story and the acting is plainly awful. Well, what do you expect from Snoop Dogg, he's a terrible "artist" his music sucks, and his acting sucks even more. He should retire altogether because he's plainly a horrible "musician" and "actor". This film is terrible, the acting is terrible and the story has been done many times before, and better done as well. A terrible horror film that only Snoop fans will enjoy and I don't even know why. As a diehard fan of the genre, I say avoid this film like the plague. Bones is one mess that really can't get cleaned up.
August 15, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

For a haunted house movie starring Snoop Dogg...I gotta say, it's not that bad. It does a good job of setting things up and looks pretty good, but just has nothing real special to offer.
October 18, 2006
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

It does have extremely creepy & disturbing moments & visuals, & has some interesting characters, but the film is just slow, & then towards the ending it gets predictable.

Snoop Dogg is not a bad actor, & he plays his role just fine, but even he & the other cast members can't save the film from being rather silly & slow. As for the blood & gore, there's plenty of it, but the majority of it relies on maggots & tons of gore that just grosses out more than scares.
October 18, 2010
Frisby2007
Frisby 2007

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