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Freddy vs. Jason Reviews

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Brian Thomas
Chicago Reader
April 5, 2010
Director Ronny Yu loses energy when it shifts to the dumb teen protagonists, and the script faithfully wallows in cliches so ridiculous they border on Scary Movie territory.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's pretty obvious where director Ronnie Yu's sympathies lie. Still, he can't find a satisfactory resolution to that old teaser about an implacable force vs the immovable object: how to kill off your cash cow and milk her too.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 22, 2003
It's bloody, it's loud, it's gratuitous, and it's ridiculous. Sweet.
| Original Score: B
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
August 21, 2003
Will satisfy the hordes who've awaited this heavyweight matchup for a decade.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 21, 2003
Though a stickler might ask what's at stake in a fight to the death between two guys who are already dead, the hard-core fans aren't likely to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2003
New Line's smartest move was letting Ronny Yu direct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 18, 2003
Only masochists need contemplate laying down good money on this atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
A script was wanting for years, and still is.
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Paul Farhi
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
This corpse defies reanimation.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 15, 2003
Who wins? Without telling, I can say it's almost irrelevant. Buy a ticket and you lose.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2003
Considering what the filmmakers had to work with, and the fact that it has all been done before, Freddy Vs. Jason isn't bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 15, 2003
Unlike, say, the Scream movies, which playfully tweaked the conventions of the slasher sub-genre, the new film tends to serve them up '80s-style -- straight and bloody.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 15, 2003
Despite oblique references to Psycho and Children of the Corn, Freddy vs. Jason lacks the knowing wit needed to keep it afloat in an age when even the horror spoofs have been spoofed.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 15, 2003
Anyone weaned on these movies -- which is to say, pretty much anyone who grew up during the 1980s and 1990s -- will get a kick out of seeing how those two universes, with all their respective tropes and rules, have been melded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 15, 2003
Nicely balancing mayhem and mirth, Yu keeps his film kicking. The action is lovingly lurid, and the laughs keep coming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 15, 2003
Too much chatting, not enough chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 15, 2003
The website is more entertaining than the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 15, 2003
Deeply, proudly unimaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 15, 2003
Devoid of any horror resonance, the movie treats death the way porn movies treat sex, as a subject to be exploited.
| Original Score: D+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 14, 2003
Though not exactly John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, star-power marquee teaming is about all Freddy vs. Jason has.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 14, 2003
This grunge match is far more horrible than horrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 14, 2003
Once the novelty wears off, the latest movie feels just like every other -- an unrepentant gorefest with little personality or flavor.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andy Klein
Variety
August 14, 2003
It's more marketing concept than aesthetic, and problems inherent in both series -- like the fact the villains are indestructible -- are only multiplied.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 14, 2003
A tediously ghastly genre pic.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 14, 2003
Fans of the two series will laugh, because the genre is so squarely skewered. Others will wonder what the big deal is, having seen King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Rodan and any number of sitcom weddings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 14, 2003
Pitting the bad guys against each other merely recycles all the shtick we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2003
It is downright depressing to think about all that vigorous cinematic artistry and expertise aimed so low.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 14, 2003
Does a decent job of making like the 1980s never ended.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 2003
There are far less lively ways to spend a night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 14, 2003
A goofy but occasionally fun novelty that's more enjoyable than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2003
Freddy vs. Jason succeeds as a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 14, 2003
A horror fan's wet bloodfest with an outrageous story line and plenty of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 13, 2003
Good concept, mediocre execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 13, 2003
Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift don't try all that hard to meld the respective series ... and director Ronny Yu's efforts to generate visual interest ... are overfamiliar as every other slasher trope.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 11, 2003
Witless, excessive and ultimately boring gore-a-thon.