Think Mean Girls making out with Teen Wolf on the set of The Faculty. Or something.
| Original Score: 3/5
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).
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
Has substantial bite.
| Original Score: B
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
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jennifer's Body is full of ideas, but it doesn't have much in the way of tonal control.
| Original Score: C+
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).
Some weakly constructed things are better left asleep in their coffins.
| Original Score: 2/5
Like a sloppy episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: D+
Attempting to instill wit into a witless horror flick, Diablo Cody shows that her faux-hip dialogue does not a feature make.
| Original Score: 1/4
Devil's Kettle might as well have been called Crock Pot.
| Original Score: D
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.
The film is not without merit and has more corpses and red corpuscles than the anaemic Twilight series of vampire flicks.
There's not a moment in Jennifer's Body that's intentionally scary, and the characters never reach beyond the level of stereotype.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5