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Jennifer's Body (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 172
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 99

Jennifer's Body features occasionally clever dialogue but the horror/comic premise fails to be either funny or scary enough to satisfy.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 21

Jennifer's Body features occasionally clever dialogue but the horror/comic premise fails to be either funny or scary enough to satisfy.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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When small town high-school student Jennifer is possessed by a hungry demon, she transitions from being "high-school evil" -- gorgeous (and doesn't she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal -- to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe, take on new luster in the light of Jennifer's insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifer's lifelong best friend Needy, long relegated

Dec 29, 2009

$16.0M

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By tapping in to the same vein of 'hormonal horror' as the excellent 'Ginger Snaps', this offers a witty, subversive look at the darker side of teen friendship.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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The flashes of competence just emphasize the extent to which the film has no idea what it's doing.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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[Cody's] glib teen-hip dialogue mostly feels like self-conscious splatter over a sorely lackluster scare flick.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Apparently, there's nothing like lean and hungry times to awaken the undead.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There are probably worse ways to go out than being devoured by Fox... but the film squanders all the fun from what could have been a hilarious, gore-filled romp.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Director Karyn Kusama finds resonant terror in details: the look Anita and Jennifer exchange before Jen's fateful ride, or a victim's last-minute ah-hah.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Think Mean Girls making out with Teen Wolf on the set of The Faculty. Or something.

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

In trying to create a modern horror take on Mean Girls (2004), in which the protagonists redefine their rivalries through physical instead of verbal viciousness, she has merely delivered an updated, dumbed-down rehash of Carrie (1976).

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Much to the chagrin of the randy male teens that Jennifer's Body is meant to lure into theatres, they're offered nary a glimpse of Ms. Fox's naked glories.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

With women calling the shots on this production, I'm sure we're supposed to think this is empowerment, but I'm not sure this is what feminism is really about.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Has substantial bite.

March 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Kusama and Cody don't fully succeed in making Jennifer's Body as clever as intended, but...they unleash some potent ideas and subvert the genre

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comment (1)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Jennifer's Body's parts aren't working, so in its bid to become a clever cult movie, it ends up looking like it's trying too hard.

January 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Just when we think we 'get' where Cody and Kusama are taking us, they thwart expectations and cinematic standards%u2026but not always in a good way.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Jennifer's Body is full of ideas, but it doesn't have much in the way of tonal control.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Comment (1)
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Jennifer's Body is not funny, nor is it sexy (the girls keep their clothes on), nor is it scary (it's all just special effects).

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Some weakly constructed things are better left asleep in their coffins.

January 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Like a sloppy episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

January 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comment (1)
Three Movie Buffs

Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama seem less interested in cheap scares than in something more substantive: exploring the purgatorial existence of teens caught between being kids and adults.

January 2, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Comment (1)
San Francisco Examiner

By the time we know what's wrong with Jennifer's body, we just don't care. Movie just sucks the life out of horror fans. Paul Chambers, CNN.

December 23, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Attempting to instill wit into a witless horror flick, Diablo Cody shows that her faux-hip dialogue does not a feature make.

December 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

Devil's Kettle might as well have been called Crock Pot.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Jennifer is dead-eyed and impassive, but a good actress might yet have played her in a lively, knowing way. Fox's dead-eyed impassiveness seems all too much her own.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The film is not without merit and has more corpses and red corpuscles than the anaemic Twilight series of vampire flicks.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's not a moment in Jennifer's Body that's intentionally scary, and the characters never reach beyond the level of stereotype.

November 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Audience Reviews for Jennifer's Body

Jennifer's Body is a decent horror film with surprising moments of good gore and sheer tension. Overall this is a decent film, a film that uses an interesting idea for its plot. The film is engaging for what it is, and it does have its moments. For a teen horror film, Jennifer's Body is a film worth seeing, but is never anything great either. There are some interesting ideas here, but I felt that the movie had the potential of being so much more as well. However, I was surprised by the film, and compared to Megan Fox's other films in the Transformers series, I would say that this among her best, I know that's not saying much, but she's good at playing this type of role. Jennifer's Body works well enough if you're looking for something a little different. For me however, I really enjoyed Amanda Seyfield's performance, and she really made the film worth seeing. Although the film has its fair share of flaws, Jennifer's Body is decent fun for what it is. I've seen far worse horror films than this in the last few years, and with an interesting script, this film has enough thrills to entertain viewers looking for mindless horror thrills. I agree that Jennifer's Body isn't the best genre film to come out in the last few years, but it's far from the worse. The film is surprising for what it is, and though it has had its fair share of negative reviews, I find this to be a bit underrated, and it's a film that deserves a second look. I view Jennifer's Body as mindless horror fun, a film that shouldn't be taken seriously, and it does offer interesting ideas in terms of what it brings to the genre. The film is far from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the flack it has received.
July 3, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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In Jennifer's body Karyn Kusama relays heavily on cheap titillation in the absence of decent story or performances. Her past career as a music video director is obvious as the film plays like a sting of music videos played back to back with nothing but 3 characters connected them. The film is full of puzzling but ultimately pointless scenes that create a sense of suspense right up until the end of the film when none are explained, the sub-plots are dropped and you realise that the film is ultimately a fraud. If you like looking at Megan Fox as much as Karyn Kusama does then I dare say you'll like it but for everyone else you're out of luck I'm afraid. It's also worth mentioning that this film contains the worst dialogue I've heard in a film for quite some time.

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July 3, 2014
SirPant

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Some good dialogue moments, but overall nothing to shout home about.
November 29, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

mixed bad of nuts with this one! can't make up what it onces to be either a horror movie,comedy or teen movie? well it never worked for me and a miss oppertunity.Nice performance form megan fox and shows she can do more that fight tranformers....
July 30, 2012
briandeguelle

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    1. Needy: Yeah, tonight's gonna be their last show.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (14 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: We could play mommy, daddy.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (14 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: I'm going to eat your soul and shit it out, Lesnicki.
    2. Needy: I thought you only murder boys?
    3. Jennifer: I go both ways.
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (23 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: I am scrumptious!
    – Submitted by Rafaela C (2 years ago)
    1. Jennifer: I need you hopeless.
    – Submitted by Rafaela C (2 years ago)
    1. Needy: Jennifer's evil.
    2. Chip: I know.
    3. Needy: No, I mean she's actually evil, not high school evil.
    – Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)
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