John Dies at the End Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
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
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
Movies.com
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 7, 2013
How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Examiner.com
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
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
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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
Niki Boyle
The List
February 20, 2013
An enjoyable but less than totally absorbing linear adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
February 15, 2013
John Dies at the End should carry a drug label warning: caution consumption of this film may induce hallucinations, impair your ability to see the world as you once did, and cause outbursts of uncontrollable laughter.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 10, 2013
Sort of like if Franz Kafka drank a bunch of absinthe and then wrote an homage to Sam Raimi, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Donnie Darko. And that's a good thing
Full Review | Original Score: B-
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
February 9, 2013
More arch than amusing, John Dies at the End may exhaust your patience for everything-but-the-kitchen-sink "storytelling." Still, there's something endearing about its relentless barrage of gonzo happenings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 8, 2013
Contains all the ingredients for Stoned Late Show success.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 2013
Salvador Dali meets George Romero. Say hello.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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