Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 13, 2015
...ultimately stands as a very slight improvement over its various predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 19, 2014
The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 7, 2009
Taking the serial killer and putting him on a boat isn't the silliest thing you could do -- you could always send him to space.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
It's actually quite amazing that a film titled Jason Takes Manhattan never really takes place in Manhattan. At least the Muppets kept their titular promise to bite the Big Apple.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Steve Biodrowski
February 15, 2009
This is easily the most disappointing of the original...movies - which is quite an achievement when you consider that the overall quality of the franchise was hardly high enough to raise expectations to a level that would allow for disappointment.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 12, 2008
Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
February 20, 2008
Worst of the series, Jason doesn't really take anything.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
An inscrutable narrative that pukes its way across an unforgivably long 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
For what it's worth (very little), probably the best in the series.
Bill Clark
October 28, 2005
Not even remotely scary, and on top of that less than 1/3 of the film takes place in New York. False advertising, I say!
| Original Score: D
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2004
Director Rob Hedden may have been onto something: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, the series itself was always drowning in ****.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Eric D. Snider
November 29, 2003
We're lured in with promises of Manhattan mayhem, and all we get is more of the same stupid stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Christopher Null
November 13, 2003
Utterly appalling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 3, 2002
As most people had already realized long before, Jason just wasn't scary anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
As Jason entries go, there've been worse, but...
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2002
Even the finest Friday the 13th flicks barely qualify as actual movies, so it's fairly clear where the lesser entries lie on the scale of quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 37/100
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
As shrink-wrapped slaying goes there is no equal and, until moviegoers demand otherwise, the uninspired trail of blood and body parts will continue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Among the passengers is a bright girl who's having visions of a drowning boy, her smarmy guardian, her concerned teacher, a boyfriend whose soon-to-be-late father is the ship's captain, and assorted high school stereotypes.

Austin Chronicle
September 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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