• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Rob Hedden
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1989 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 3, 2002
  • Paramount Home Video

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Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 19, 2014

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 Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 7, 2009
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D-

August 26, 2009
Steve Biodrowski

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.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

February 15, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 0/4

March 12, 2008

Worst of the series, Jason doesn't really take anything.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 20, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

An inscrutable narrative that pukes its way across an unforgivably long 100 minutes.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

September 12, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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For what it's worth (very little), probably the best in the series.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Bill Clark

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

October 28, 2005
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Director Rob Hedden may have been onto something: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, the series itself was always drowning in ****.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

September 25, 2004
Eric D. Snider

We're lured in with promises of Manhattan mayhem, and all we get is more of the same stupid stuff.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D-

November 29, 2003
Christopher Null

Utterly appalling.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

November 13, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

As most people had already realized long before, Jason just wasn't scary anymore.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 3, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As Jason entries go, there've been worse, but...

| Original Score: 2/5

August 26, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 37/100

July 25, 2002
David N. Butterworth

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000

Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

September 3, 2011
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2005
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