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The Final Destination (2009)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 67

With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 11

With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare.



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The Final Destination series gets a kick-start with this fourth outing, headed up by the production team behind the second film -- director David R. Ellis and writer Eric Bress. The New Line franchise will be presented for the first time in 3-D with this installment focusing on a teenager that dodges a trip to the grave at a racetrack, only to find that death has a way of equaling the playing field after the fact. Shantel VanSanten, Bobby Campo, and Hayley Webb star in the sequel. ~ Jeremy


Action & Adventure, Horror

Eric Bress

Jan 5, 2010


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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (67) | DVD (5)

Since not even 3-D can put your eyes out, our only hope is that this time, the title is a promise and not a tease.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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[A] silly and predictable fourth installment in the lucrative thriller series about pretty young people attempting to cheat death.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[The] set pieces never quite muster the giddy brio of Final Destination 1 and 3 auteur James Wong at his best.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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With the exception of Williamson, the actors are as disposable as their characters, and there is no story to speak of.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Even a mediocre FD is better than more Jigsaw.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (3)
Time Out New York
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Death comes in 3D but everything else is tedious.

September 1, 2009 | Comment (1)
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The Final Destination is a catastrophe in and of itself.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Imagine a film that features an endless cavalcade of people being eviscerated in the bloodiest and bone-snappiest of ways, yet which somehow manages to inspire the audience to envy the victims.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

screams 'made for TV'

July 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Comment (1)
Old School Reviews

There's absolutely no reason for The Final Destination to exist other than the only one Hollywood studios really care about: a cynical cash grab. [Blu-ray]

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Like too many horror franchises, a premise that was once scary has evolved into something campy and self-aware.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...if you've seen one such movie, you've seen them all, and one is too much.

January 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If The Final Destination is what horror fans want these days, be very, very afraid.

December 30, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Selling bland fatalism to kids, it's the work of crooks.

November 4, 2009 Full Review

The film showers you with gore while dumping a motor engine in your lap and poking you in the eye with a burnt stick.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The characters are crash-test dummies, with dialogue to match. Yet Eric Bress' script is mockingly self-aware, framing the film as the ultimate example of violence as entertainment.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The final (really?) film in this lifeless franchise about the inevitability of death, which typically comes in the form of some grisly three-dimensional accident.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize

The new film has been expertly shot in 3-D, and the extra dimension does punch-up the impact of the franchise's famously intricate set- piece snuffings.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Where some of the previous installments have been quite clever, the focus here is entirely on angling the camera so that something else can rush at us.

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Unknown2

A tired imitation of the first film in the series, the 3-D offers little to improve this vacuous and unnecessary sequel.

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

As a thriller, it's damn effective. It had me sitting anxiously on the edge of my seat, knuckles whitened, not because of a gory death, but because of the suspenseful build up to one.

October 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

What does it say about us when we go to cinemas to see people die in gruesome, yet inventive ways?

October 7, 2009 | Comments (4)
Sci-Fi Movie Page

...a fitting follow-up to its trio of like-minded forebears.

October 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

You might just as well stay home and watch one of the other three, where at least there will be some devilish wit and ironic humor in evidence.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

would be a genuinely terrible movie (even as far as horror sequels go) except for its mordant sense of humor

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for The Final Destination

On a day at a car race, Nick has a premonition that there is a car crash and the stadium stands collapse. He saves his girlfriend and some other people in the audience. But death pursues them.
December 21, 2012
Candy Rose

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two stars
November 17, 2012
MisterYoda ?

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I have to say I expected much more from David R. Ellis as I thought the second Final Destination was really good. The writing is lazy, the acting is crap, the characters were unlikable and totally forgettable and the special effects, which is why people watch the film in the first place, are terrible. They forgot about the build up, the tension, the idea of death stalking you - a clever and original premise, now it's just like watching a snuff video which isn't very pleasant in the slightest. Time to finish the franchise, I know there is a fifth but I'm not sure I'm that interested anymore.
March 12, 2012

Super Reviewer

I have watched all the final destinations except the first one! Damn.
But I'd say the second one is better than this. First time I found a movie like this (sequel looks better than the beginning one).
January 3, 2012
Dead Angel

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    1. Nick O'Bannon: What if us being right here, right now was the plan from the beginning?
    – Submitted by Dan E (11 months ago)
    1. Mechanic: Well, I guess it's not my turn to die. You all take care.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Racist: Back off, you fucking freak!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Hunt: We've just lost a really hot MILF.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Nick O'Bannon: Would it kill you to be a little sensitive?
    – Submitted by Dan E (17 months ago)
    1. Hunt: Are you shitting me?! That's the whole reason I came for these stupid redneck things. No offense.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
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