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John Dies at the End (2013)

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61

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 31

Some will find the darkly funny, genre-bending incoherence of John Dies at the End charming; some will feel its zany antics and gore lead to an unsatisfying payoff.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 14

Some will find the darkly funny, genre-bending incoherence of John Dies at the End charming; some will feel its zany antics and gore lead to an unsatisfying payoff.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 10,480

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It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't. -- (C) Official Site

Apr 2, 2013

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I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness?

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Nobody cares about John.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a gloriously gonzo trip packed with enough odd narrative tangents to fill half a dozen features. While not always successful, this energetic mash-up so genuinely wants to entertain that it's hard not to be won over by its barrage of absurdity.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

The saving grace of John Dies at the End is undoubtedly its manic storytelling: the energy and pacing of scenes give the movie the impression of being told on the spot (which is of course what the framing device intends).

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

stands up to repeat viewings, and offers new insights each and every time

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

It is refreshing that Coscarelli is willing to offer viewers something that at least tries to take the rules of cinema into new directions.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: KC Active
KC Active

Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Something so weird and off the beaten track that it's kind of wonderful.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I'm not saying this film will make more sense if you're high. But it will make more sense if you're high.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

It's like a series of blackout sketches, some of which are entertaining. But mostly, it's a mess.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

When is a phone call from your dead friend more than just bizarre? When it's made on a hot dog. It's a hopeless mess. But, at least, for its first half, a very entertaining mess.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

John Dies at the End is really freaking weird. It's along the lines of Quentin Dupieux's Rubber, but really pushes the boundaries of absurdity. Just remember that you don't choose the soy sauce. The soy sauce chooses you.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

A confusing plot to begin with, the adaptation of the novel is a certified mess, attempting to provide blow-by-blow illustrations of scenes from the source book, and lifting most of the narration and dialogue verbatim.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Coscarelli's visual imagination is still capable of making you sit up and take notice

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

...a hilarious and occasionally icky story that should hit the sweet spot for people who like twisted movies and are fed up with the Hollywood assembly line.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

With Coscarelli's kinetic camerawork and drugged-out, comic-book visuals, even the most confounding explanations are made palatable.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

By the time the boys face battle with 'thinking machine' Korrock in another dimension, it's difficult to remain invested, although hallucinogens would probably aid immensely.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for John Dies at the End

I read John Dies at the End about a year before I saw the film. I wondered how the hell anyone would adapt it into film and the answer is clear. You can't. Not properly anyway, but that said Don Coscarelli did pretty well. Much of the film was instantly recognisable from the book, in that sense it is a faithful translation but there just isn't enough of it. Coscarelli didn't include enough of the story in the film and so left out so much that goes on to explain a little further as to what the hell is actually happening. I do think he did enough for people to know what did happen at the end though, if you watch it and still don't know then it's because you're too used to watching formulaic rubbish that has closed your mind somewhat. Without wanting to ruin anything for you, the clue is in the title! I do wish the film was adapted into a trilogy, then the whole story could have been told, we could have had more character development (rather than character merger) and it wouldn't have felt like such an anti-climax. Shame, this was supposed to be the next big cult film.
March 17, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This is a very hard film to describe to anyone, but it's beloved by the internet right now, and I could not be happier. Adapted from a graphic novel of the same name, this amazing film defies logic, death, supernatural elements, and life in general, to bring a really rare and interesting story about two friends directly thrown into the darkness of the world. The main problem in the film is that the universe that has been created by the graphic novel isn't pared down enough to make a film. The entire scope is miniscule compared to what happens, and there are more unexplained questions left behind than anything else. We're not sure exactly what the other side is, how ghosts communicate with us, or what really happens to John (Mayes) and Dave (Williamson). On its own its definitely a psychedelic and feral kind of film, with its sharpened fangs, but there are just too many questions left unanswered and not enough juice to make it longer, so it suffers extensively for these faux pas.
January 21, 2014
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Stupid movie...
December 27, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Another excellent movie that had me squealing with joy the entire time. Amazing visual effects and fun story. I sure hope they make more.
August 20, 2013
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    1. Roger North: Do the bees know that they make the honey for you? Or do their work tirelessly because they think it is their own choice?
    – Submitted by Samphan R (3 months ago)
    1. John: We were chosen by the soy sauce.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Sergeant McElroy: I think stuff is very real and not real at the same time.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Dave: You've obviously been blessed with supernatural gifts. What better way to use them than to fish for free beer at parties?
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Dave: Who would have thought my friend John would help bring about the end of the world?
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Dave: What do you think it's like Father? Being crazy, mentally ill?
    2. Father Shellnut: Well, they never know they're ill do they? I mean, you can't diagnose yourself with the same organ that has the disease, just like you can't see your own eyeball.
    – Submitted by Charles R (10 months ago)
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