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John Dies at the End Reviews

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Charlie Schmidlin
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2013
What Coscarelli's achieved doesn't feel like an adaptation. It feels more like he seems he skimmed the source material, burned it, and then assembled a vague recollection on film after three days of untold indulgences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Jeff Beck
January 24, 2013
However daring it may be, unfortunately it never comes together into a cohesive whole. What could have just been a bizarre visual feast ends up getting distracted with a muddled plot that merely sells out in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
January 24, 2013
As much as I applaud the effort and ambition that went into adapting this movie from it's source material, I can't rate movies based on trying hard and "John" dies long before the movie ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 24, 2013
An original story that just can't live up to the promise of it's ambition, "John Dies at the End" just isn't that good of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
February 3, 2012
What it expects of the audience is disproportionate to what it offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 24, 2013
It's one of those films that might as well be announced with the words "cult classic" emblazoned on the marquee. It's an interesting failure that's almost worth seeing for that reason alone. Kind of. Not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2013
"John Dies at the End" dies closer to the beginning, before writer-director Don Coscarelli's adaptation of the book of the same name has reached minute 20.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2013
When you're having great fun at a movie and suddenly you're not, where's the fun?
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 15, 2013
Not your typical psycho-action-comedy-horror hybrid. A fun idea that starts out great, but then . . .
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kirk Honeycutt
January 24, 2013
A 25-year-old can get away with a sloppy horror-comedy mix of crazed visual effects and cartoonish characters. An aging auteur cannot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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
Brian Orndorf
January 24, 2013
It's a punchline in search of a joke, and it's tiring to watch scenes ramble on without direction, while most stabs at humor are DOA, missing a cast with genuine comic timing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 1, 2013
"John Dies at the End" thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 22, 2013
John Dies at the End is a product of a parallel universe where slacker flippancy never got old -- and, oh, it is terrible.
Staci Layne Wilson
November 6, 2012
Bill and Ted meet Dawn of the Dead.
Brian Tallerico
February 6, 2013
It's when the movie loses its hallucinogenic set-up in favor of a more traditional narrative on its way to a clear non-ending that viewers will lose interest. The movie dies long before the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Matt Pais
February 7, 2013
A midnight movie that makes you wish you went to bed early ... falls into the no-man's-land of movies you may need to be high to enjoy, but can barely follow when sober.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 25, 2013
It's the ultimate in spoiler titles. And this stoner Ghostbusters, an altered state disguised as a movie, may also add up to a hot cult item if silliness doesn't sabotage the scares
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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