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The Frighteners Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2010
Todd McCarthy
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Story was originally conceived as an episode of "Tales From the Crypt," and that is perhaps what it should have remained, as the thinness of the conceit shows throughout, painfully so in the first half.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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At times the relentless special effects and tangled plotting veer towards visual and narrative overkill, but the final tonal swerve is shocking and effective.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character.

| Original Score: 3/10

January 23, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It actually works up till its last few minutes.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2003
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

An incredibly underrated scare-comedy from Peter Jackson that deserves a much wider audience.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The actors can't keep the film's mood from verging on hysteria as the story roams all over the map. "The Frighteners" has flitted everywhere, even to heaven and hell, before it's over.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Brian Mckay

Quirky Peter Jackson film that's half comedy and half horror/gore-fest. Mostly enjoyable results, although Fox a bit miscast.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Woulda been five stars, but the cop-out ending smacks of the test-screening process.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 7, 2003
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum

The talented director of "Heavenly Creatures" has pulled together a film that wants to be everything to everyone simultaneously.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2002
Lea Russo
Boxoffice Magazine

"The Frighteners" does have a zesty pace and some cool effects, and those unfamiliar with Jackson's work may find something to love.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Ben Falk

Full of special effects, but still strangely 'indie', the movie has a unique sensibility ...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Fortunately director Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Rob Gonsalves

Every frame drips with Jackson's moviemaking fever.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

Huge ghostly fun, and a fine achievement from the early days of CGI.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

Talk about taking a step in the wrong direction. Peter Jackson, does your mother know what you've done?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

It's a fascinating failure, perhaps, but it's still a mess.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Incredible, the amount of work that went into ``The Frighteners.'' And appalling.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
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