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Friday the 13th (2009)

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25

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 124

Though technically well-constructed, Friday the 13th is a series rehash that features little to distinguish it from its predecessors.

18

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 28

Though technically well-constructed, Friday the 13th is a series rehash that features little to distinguish it from its predecessors.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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A man in search of his missing sister stumbles across a deadly secret in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake as Texas Chainsaw Massacre redux duo Michael Bay and Marcus Nispel resurrect one of the silver screen's most feared slashers -- machete-wielding, hockey mask-wearing madman Jason Voorhees. The last time Clay heard from his sister, she was headed toward Crystal Lake. There, amidst the creaky old cabins and moss-coated trees, an unstoppable force of evil lies quietly dormant, patiently

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Damian Shannon, Mark Swift

Jun 16, 2009

$65.0M

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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (124) | DVD (18)

Ultimately, the new movie seems destined to become exactly what the last one was: a sleepover rite of passage, specifically the moment when discerning viewers realize they can do much, much better.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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I got extremely bored.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (9)
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We've seen it all before.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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You really have to screw it up to dishonor the memory of a movie as s****y as the original Friday the 13th. Heads should roll.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (2)
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This film is so last-century.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (2)
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The series reboot is much the same, but it's easily the most effective -- and scary -- entrant in the franchise.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Worth noting: The title card of Friday The 13th doesn't show up until about 45 minutes into the film, which, all told, has to be a record.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Five nauseating 20-somethings head out to Camp Crystal Lake to guzzle Pabst Blue Ribbon and have loud tent sex, but Jason roasts one of them like a weenie and says howdy to everyone else with his trusty machete. And that's just the intro!

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Friday The 13th is essentially critic-proof - it's been cynically designed from the ground up as a fun but forgettable slasher flick with a one-week expiry date.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Friday the 13th isn't great cinema by any means, and you probably know better than I whether you'll enjoy the movie.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Useless remake

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Unfortunately, no matter how clever-clever the all-new screenplay might (occasionally) be at acknowledging the faults of the original, this does not make them magically go away.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's a case of 'he's behind you!' repeated ad nauseum, where sudden bursts of sound stand in for real scares.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

The first Friday the 13th is not a masterwork by any stretch of the imagination, but it has one crucial thing the 2009 edition lacks completely: the element of surprise.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comment (1)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A boring retread that downgrades one of our great masked men to being a hillbilly with mommy issues and no sense for decorating. And if I wanted that, I'd rent Nell.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: CampBlood.org
CampBlood.org

Be assured that the acting is passable, the effects are impressively convincing, and the suspense is real. It's not a great film, but it is a frightening one, and what more do you need to know?

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Friday the 13th Part 12 will not sell at the box office, so they toss the word 'remake' out there to dupe its audience into another installment of this crappy horror flick.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

An old lady's dog produces the biggest scare in the film.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

... Made with more care and keeps a much firmer grip on reality than most of the sequels churned out throughout the '80s.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

me aksiozileyti matia kai tehniki artiotita, mia splateria poy den trabaei tis tromompoynies tis ki ehei ton Jason tis na deihnei ap' to dekalepto kiolas, ti zohada poy eheis na perimeneis

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A key revelation halfway through the movie lumps Jason into a long, tired tradition of deformed backwoods boys whose motivations weather down to a scorned sense of isolation.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The year is young and we already have a contender for worst film.

March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

This Friday the 13th commits the worst sin a horror movie can be guilty of - it was boring.

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Somewhere around the middle, Nispel can't raise the bar any higher. His brutal set pieces become predictable, his interesting character sketches reveal their limitations, and the film runs out of fuel.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's almost pantomime in its "He's behind you!" stupidity, but for all its goofiness, there's still an all-encompassing enjoyment in watching a bunch of reckless, hedonistic morons being axed to death.

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

Thinly disguised as a movie, Friday the 13th is a series of overused genre conventions glued together by the flimsiest of stories

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th

Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes takes another household name in the horror genre and desecrates it with a useless, unscary, boring, overproduced, and incompetently written joke of a movie. This is the kind of film that really gives horror a bad rep, providing further proof that the only worthwhile horror movies are the ones made independent of the studio system.
April 17, 2014
MovieGeek13

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The remake of Friday the 13th is your typical remake. With nothing new to offer the genre, the film is predictable and poorly acted. I really don't know why they remake classic horror films. This film fails to really deliver an interesting twist on the lore of Friday the 13th and bring some refreshing ideas to the series. If you're looking for a great remake with this one, you won't find it here. The cast are horrible, and you really don't care when they finally get killed off. I really hated the film, and diehard Friday fans will most likely be disappointed with this reimagining of the classic film. I definitely was. This film is just uninspired and proves once again that you can't remake the classics. Friday the 13th is a legendary Slasher, and it spawned many imitators. With this remake, the filmmakers wanted to update elements for today's audiences, but it never is interesting. The body count in the film is too low; the film is boring and takes a while before it takes off. Marcus Nispel who previously helmed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake directs and crafts a film that is not worth seeing. Stick with the original movies; you'll be glad you did. This one ends up falling flat and it just ends up not giving fans what they want. With too much many elements missing from the formula, Friday the 13th 2009 is a bad Slasher that tries way too hard at making something watchable, and in turn loses touch of key elements to make this film work. Friday the 13th is like every other recent horror remake, boring, and unimpressive trash.
October 14, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It may be a heartless series rehash but to be honest it's a sophisticated one. The story is much more efficent in structure than the original film and I did jump a fair few times which is more then I can say for it's inspirational predecessor. A majority of critics only reacted to this harshly because it was made by the satan of cinema Michael Bay and I didn't want to like it but I did. Friday the 13th wasn't the most horrific franchise in the world to begin with but this was a terrifying remake worth doing. It does grow to have a built in repetitive feel after a while. It wasn't a great film but hey, it was scary enough.
January 26, 2012
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Directors Cat

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This movie has been relentlessly panned since it's release. Don't get me wrong, the film should be considered, at least, a missed opportunity. Really though, in comparison to it's predecessors, it's one of the better Friday the 13th's. In fact, the first 20 minutes is probably the best segment in the history of the franchise. Too bad it just didn't end there. This version of Jason was well done, but the hostage situation was uncharacteristic and it alienated me. If you hated these movies before, run like hell from this one too. Otherwise, worth a mild recommendation.
November 5, 2011
Jason Calvin

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    1. Chewie: Are you looking for this? Because, uh, it completes your outfit.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Chewie: In my next life, I wanna come back as one of the buttons on the ass pockets of her jean shorts.
    – Submitted by Adam P (11 months ago)
    1. Trent: You're gonna piss me off.
    2. Clay Miller: Oh. What happens then?
    – Submitted by Jed G (18 months ago)
    1. Trent: Look, Clay, obviously she's just trying to be nice. But you can't stay here. No offense, but this is a private party. I don't know you.
    2. Clay Miller: No, you don't know me.
    3. Trent: (being a wise ass) - That's so funny, I just said that. Like two seconds ago, that 'I don't know you.'
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Whitney Miller: Jason. Say hi to Mommy, IN HELL!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Chewie: (watching Bree dancing) - In my next life, I wanna come back as one of the buttons on the ass pockets of her jean shorts.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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