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John Dies at the End Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 25, 2013
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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).

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

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

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 14, 2013
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

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

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2013
James White
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

March 13, 2013
Dave White
Movies.com

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

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 9, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

March 8, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

March 6, 2013
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 7.5/10

February 22, 2013
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 22, 2013
James Verniere
Boston Herald

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

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B plus

February 22, 2013
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2013
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page

...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.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2013
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2013
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