John Dies at the End Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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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
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2013
Nobody cares about John.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 7, 2013
As with most fantasy films, the story is secondary to inventive images and speculative ideas. And more than most, this one adheres to its own logic in ways that are continually entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 31, 2013
It zigs, zags and trips over its own feet and on its own home-brewed hallucinogens. It's a ridiculous, preposterous, sometimes maddening experience, but also kind of a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 31, 2013
A movie so brazenly off-kilter that I'm not entirely sure its title is even accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 29, 2013
The "wackiness" (scare quotes included) is mostly ceaseless and tiresome, from the ravenous zombie neo-Nazi that leads things off to the Galaxy Quest rejects that figure in the movie's annoyingly anticlimactic finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 24, 2013
What may be the most freewheeling and imaginative film of Coscarelli's checkered career, loaded with tripped-out mood and nicely balanced between humor, horror and an underlay of genuine sweetness.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013
John lives in a frisky otherworld of willful incoherence all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 24, 2013
John Dies at the End is joyously heterodox in its method, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mélange of sci-fi, black comedy, and action, with disquieting body-horror sight gags that at times recall David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 24, 2013
A shaggy-dog story with restless leg syndrome.
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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?
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January 24, 2013
Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 24, 2013
John Dies At The End sometimes strains to live up to its midnight-movie reputation, but not every B-horror picture combines demonic creatures and ultra-violence with musings about what it means to be alive in a world that's getting more unreal by the day.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 2, 2013
Coscarelli's direction seems well-suited to the free-wheeling material, bringing a critically light touch to a story with apocalyptic stakes.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
February 7, 2012
Give or take the titular disclosure, John Dies at the End is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy -- and an immensely entertaining one, too.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
Horror-comedy from Phantasm director starts with a bang but quickly loses speed.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 25, 2012
It's a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin's surreal, completely disorienting world.
Full Review | Original Score: B