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John Dies at the End Reviews

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Charlie Schmidlin
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2013
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

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 Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 24, 2013
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

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 Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2013
Michael Nordine
Film Threat

What it expects of the audience is disproportionate to what it offers.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 3, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 7, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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When you're having great fun at a movie and suddenly you're not, where's the fun?

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 24, 2013
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Not your typical psycho-action-comedy-horror hybrid. A fun idea that starts out great, but then . . .

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B-

February 15, 2013
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

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 Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 3

January 24, 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
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

January 24, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

February 1, 2013
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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John Dies at the End is a product of a parallel universe where slacker flippancy never got old -- and, oh, it is terrible.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2013
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com

Bill and Ted meet Dawn of the Dead.

Full Review Source: Horror.com

November 6, 2012
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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 Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.5/5.0

February 6, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

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 Source: RedEye | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 7, 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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2013
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