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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.

46

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 20

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
User Ratings: 357,207

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Movie Info

Demon possession, devilish cheerleaders, and Satanic rock stars are all on the chopping block with this horror comedy from the production team behind Juno. Screenwriter Diablo Cody provides the script, with producing duties handled by Jason Reitman and Dan Dubiecki. The story centers on an impish high-school student (Amanda Seyfried) who has to protect her town against her best friend, Jennifer (Megan Fox), who after being bedeviled by an evil rock band, develops a taste for human flesh.

Dec 29, 2009

$16.0M

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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (99) | DVD (16)

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
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
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
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
Examiner.com

Audience Reviews for Jennifer's Body

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.
January 21, 2013
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

Super Reviewer

Black horror comedy for teens starring Megan Fox? indeed. Ooook first problem here is the fact this film is rated R, so teens can't see it, at least young teens who lust after celebs like this and adults will find this complete and utter poo soooooo......

Plot is utterly utterly inept and simply revolves around a rock band sacrificing a vacuous Fox to the devil so they can become rich n famous, yes that's what I just typed...believe it. Turns out Fox isn't a virgin (ahem) so when the guys kill her she somehow becomes possessed by a demon (why?) who just happens to need flesh and blood to survive, dumb teen flesh and blood, not adults just teens, cue the 'horror'.

It ain't scary and it ain't funny, its just laaaaaame lame lame with Fox being really annoying because the film is clearly made to advertise her as the sexiest female around, she ain't. Acting is poor, effects are minimal and poor, you don't actually see anything gory and its completely pointless. Fox looks no where near as hot as in 'Transformers' because she isn't covered in a thick layer of orange tan makeup, so instead she looks normal, ergo not as hot as we all thought.

Can't see anyone liking this unless your a male under the age of 15 and that's only because there is some weak ass 'seduction' scenes and a tiny bit of lesbian kissing.
April 19, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. Needy: Yeah, tonight's gonna be their last show.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (9 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: We could play mommy, daddy.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (9 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: I am scrumptious!
    – Submitted by Rafaela C (20 months ago)
    1. Jennifer: I need you hopeless.
    – Submitted by Rafaela C (20 months 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 (23 months ago)
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