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The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child.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
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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
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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
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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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Drop Dead Fred wants to be an offbeat cross between Harvey and Beetlejuice, but it is more like a shrill, interminable episode of I Dream of Jeannie.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Drop Dead Fred gives imaginary friends everywhere a bad name; one only hopes that there is an Imaginary Friend Defamation League.