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John Dies at the End Reviews

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself too seriously, and neither should you.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

March 8, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nobody cares about John.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 7, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Salvador Dali meets George Romero. Say hello.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 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
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
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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 31, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A movie so brazenly off-kilter that I'm not entirely sure its title is even accurate.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

January 31, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

January 29, 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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 24, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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John lives in a frisky otherworld of willful incoherence all its own.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 24, 2013
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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A shaggy-dog story with restless leg syndrome.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

January 24, 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
Scott Tobias
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 24, 2013
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
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
William Goss
Film.com
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Coscarelli's direction seems well-suited to the free-wheeling material, bringing a critically light touch to a story with apocalyptic stakes.

Full Review Source: Film.com

January 2, 2013
Rob Nelson
Variety
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Give or take the titular disclosure, John Dies at the End is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy -- and an immensely entertaining one, too.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 7, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Horror-comedy from Phantasm director starts with a bang but quickly loses speed.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 26, 2012
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