John Dies at the End Reviews

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Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013

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).

Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
March 18, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/5
James White
Empire Magazine
March 17, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 15, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
Top Critic
March 14, 2013

Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 13, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
March 9, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
March 8, 2013

Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
March 7, 2013

How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 6, 2013

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 | Original Score: C+
Chris Sawin
February 22, 2013

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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
February 22, 2013

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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 21, 2013

...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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
February 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 20, 2013

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 | Original Score: C+
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