Friday the 13th Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
February 13, 2009
Nispel, Shannon and Swift had all the tools at their disposal to create death scenes that are both unique and shocking, but there is really only one slaying that is remotely notable, and that involves a topless woman hiding underneath a boat pier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2009
For all its attempted jolts, it's not all that scary. The genre is reduced to 'Who gets it next and how?' and never for a second makes us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 29, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 12, 2009
Friday the 13th is about the best Friday the 13th movie you could hope for. Its technical credits are excellent. It has a lot of scary and gruesome killings. Not a whole lot of acting is required. If that's what you want to find out, you can stop reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 11, 2009
Remake, reboot, re-envisioning -- whatever you call it, it amounts to the same thing: a cynical money grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 13, 2009
This film is so last-century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Friday the 13th isn't great cinema by any means, and you probably know better than I whether you'll enjoy the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
July 30, 2009
It's a case of 'he's behind you!' repeated ad nauseum, where sudden bursts of sound stand in for real scares.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Useless remake
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
February 13, 2009
Horror remake isn't for anyone, let alone teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
June 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
February 9, 2009
A classic is a classic and attempts to remake are usually ridiculed. This is no exception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine
April 7, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/100
Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine
February 19, 2009
This is a desperately anodyne horror movie with all the flavour of soggy lettuce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Whittle
Times [UK]
February 19, 2009
This "reimagining", by the director Marcus Nispel, of the 1980 slasher movie is one hell of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Calvert
Premiere Magazine
February 13, 2009
The same dumb character decisions stick around to facilitate the murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
T.I. Fraser
Orlando Weekly
February 12, 2009
The problem with this remake is that it's a remake in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 12, 2009
Completely misses the point of what worked ... a relatively unsatisfying rehash of what's come before while barely moving the franchise past the overused cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 13, 2009
Friday the 13th has a sexy cast, lots of blood 'n guts and nudity, but lacks the palpable thrills and chills of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/10
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