Drop Dead Fred Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2014
Drop Dead Fred is an erratic stab at making madness sensible, a slapstick nightmare that goes too sane, that tries too hard to be both good and rotten.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2014
This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2014
The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child. What a laugh riot!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2014
That any of it, however, should suddenly, melodramatically lead to Elizabeth learning to assert herself is, to say the least, unpersuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2014
The movie is no comic masterpiece, but it is consistently amusing in a way that sometimes reminded me of a kiddie picture and at other times of a more sophisticated comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 5, 2014
It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2014
Drop Dead Fred is a movie for people who like the sound of fingernails on blackboards and the feel of a drill bearing into a bicuspid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 5, 2014
It's rare that a movie so cleverly conceived is so poorly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
May 5, 2014
The film is in desperate need of flow. It plays like a collection of bits, skits that have been thrown together with little eye to continuity.
Peter Freedman
Radio Times
May 5, 2014
It's particularly irritating if you've seen the much better Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 5, 2014
A charmless, irritating psychological fantasy that can`t decide whether to aim at kids or adults.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 5, 2014
Drop Dead Fred is a therapeutic fable for people who believe that by becoming an adult, one inevitably loses the capacity to have fun. But the alternative it suggests is nothing short of horrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 5, 2014
Just a strident celebration of booger jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

People Magazine
May 5, 2014
[A] shrill, repulsive venture into kidsploitalion.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 12, 2013
Slapstick '90s comedy is filled with crass humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
As the naughty ghost pal of Phoebe Cates, an obnoxious British actor named Rik Mayall is like Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice without the juice.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 24, 2011
An appallingly unpleasant, unfunny, and deeply disturbed motion picture. It's an ear-splitting slapstick comedy for an unknown audience, unifying parents and kids in discomfort with its aggressive movement.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 3, 2008
Director Ate De Jong has captured the silliness of childhood with the hyperactive title character but too often drills jokes deep into the pavement, until even children will have long stopped laughing.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Cates appears strangely resigned to each life-shattering episode; even the goggle-eyed, frantic Mayall fails to galvanise her.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
March 23, 2004
'Cute film' and 'Young Ones alum' don't normally appear in the same sentence, do they?
| Original Score: 3/5
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