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Jennifer's Body (2009)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

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

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 357,812

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R (for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Diablo Cody
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 29, 2009
Box Office:
$16.0M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Jennifer's Body

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (38) | 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.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The flashes of competence just emphasize the extent to which the film has no idea what it's doing.

Full Review… | September 21, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Cody's] glib teen-hip dialogue mostly feels like self-conscious splatter over a sorely lackluster scare flick.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Apparently, there's nothing like lean and hungry times to awaken the undead.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Think Mean Girls making out with Teen Wolf on the set of The Faculty. Or something.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
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).

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
sbs.com.au

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

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.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010
Screenwize

Has substantial bite.

Full Review… | March 30, 2010
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

Full Review… | January 31, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
PopMatters

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
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).

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2010
Cinema Signals

Like a sloppy episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Full Review… | January 3, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 2, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 23, 2009
CNNRadio

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

Full Review… | December 12, 2009
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Times [UK]

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

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2009
Examiner.com

Audience Reviews for Jennifer's Body

½

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.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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.

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/jennifers-body-dir-karyn-kusama-2009-in.html

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Some good dialogue moments, but overall nothing to shout home about.

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StarCrossedVoyager
Sophie Burgess

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....

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briandeguelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

Jennifer's Body Quotes


Needy:
Yeah, tonight's gonna be their last show.
– Submitted by Lucas B (15 months ago)
Jennifer:
We could play mommy, daddy.
– Submitted by Lucas B (15 months ago)
Jennifer:
I'm going to eat your soul and shit it out, Lesnicki.
Needy:
I thought you only murder boys?
Jennifer:
I go both ways.
– Submitted by Jimmy G (2 years ago)
Jennifer:
I am scrumptious!
– Submitted by Rafaela C (2 years ago)
Jennifer:
I need you hopeless.
– Submitted by Rafaela C (2 years ago)
Needy:
Jennifer's evil.
Chip:
I know.
Needy:
No, I mean she's actually evil, not high school evil.
– Submitted by Jed G (2 years ago)

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