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John Tucker Must Die (2006)


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 69

Critics Consensus: This derivitive teen comedy tries to go for cute when it could use more bite.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: This derivitive teen comedy tries to go for cute when it could use more bite.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 550,272


Movie Info

Three teenagers two-timed by a local lothario decide to turn the tables on him in this romantic comedy. John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is the big man on campus at his high school -- he's the captain and star player of the basketball team, he's got money, he's good-looking and charming, and he can have any girl he wants. However, the latter attribute is about to get him in serious trouble when three different girls at his school -- Heather (Ashanti), Beth (Sophia Bush) and Carrie (Arielle Kebbel) … More

PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeff Lowell
In Theaters:
Nov 14, 2006
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for John Tucker Must Die

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (69) | DVD (18)

Not the worst of its kind, but few over the age of 14 will find it worth forking out for.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.

Full Review… | July 29, 2006
Top Critic

John Tucker Must Die is trying to be Mean Girls with a more pointed purpose, but it's less fun than it sounds.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

... a dreary female revenge timewaster that steals from so many and returns so little.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

... longtime director Betty Thomas shows that she's still got the pulse of teenage angst, bringing out strong performances from every one of the ensemble cast.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This one will probably appeal to its target audience, which is young enough not to have tired of watching cat fights and food fights.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Succeeds in being passable romance comedy entertainment.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Designed as an ultimate revenge fantasy "John Tucker Must Die" is a moderately funny teen comedy with a few flashes of bawdy humor.

Full Review… | April 22, 2009

Rarely has a title promised so much, and delivered so little. John Tucker Must Die is toothless, gormless, witless, and, worst of all, deathless.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

A high-school revenge comedy that aims at a teen audience yet manages to be witty without being snarky or sophomoric.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Film Journal International

Betty Thomas's sloppy storytelling and comic incompetence can be forgiven but to portray young women as flighty airheads obsessed with boys over all else is downright offensive.

September 5, 2006

Buoyed by its good looking cast and entertaining script, John Tucker Must Die is witty and funny, as it reminds us that it is cool to be yourself - whoever you are.

Full Review… | September 2, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Had it mined edgier territory and stuck to its guns, it would've proven a more engaging vehicle than the mild laugher we have here

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
Dark Horizons

A load of formulaic nonsense that should still turn a few young heads thanks to its fantasy plot and Jesse Metcalfe's chest.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Empire Magazine

Not quite in the league of Mean Girls but this is still an enjoyably silly teen revenge comedy with strong performances and a witty, likeable script.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006

John Tucker will surely die and be quickly forgotten.

Full Review… | August 15, 2006

It functions well as a guilty pleasure that has some smile-worthy gags alongside the occasional Farrelly Brothers style gross-out moment.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
Premiere Magazine

Painless but forgettable.

Full Review… | August 6, 2006
Creative Loafing

John Tucker Must Die will undoubtedly fade into obscurity like so many silly and sentimental teen comedies before it. It's no wonder that the genre has turned to sex with apple pies and the like in an effort to distinguish itself.

Full Review… | August 6, 2006
Austin Chronicle

Here's an average teen movie with a predictable, but often entertaining, spin on revenge.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Criticizing a summer teen movie for not being high art is like yelling at a sociopath for being a serial killer.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006

Tucker is strictly for the teen crowd, but the intermittent waves of witty fun are to die for.

August 5, 2006
Palo Alto Weekly

When we have savvy, smart TV shows like Veronica Mars, which perfectly and cleverly capture the angst and tribulations of high school life, there's absolutely no need for empty-headed, vapid movies like this.

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

This is one of those films that manages to overcome the limitations of it's genre and become something a bit more.

August 4, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

The material is often trite, but director Thomas and her attractive cast make it seem fresh most of the time.

Full Review… | August 3, 2006
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for John Tucker Must Die

Similar plot to The Other Women, but in high school. Preferable. Silly, but fun and not a long running time, so doesn't outwear it's welcome. Light bit of froth with a like able teen cast.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Teen movie about a group of girls who gang up to teach their boyfriend a lesson for dating them all at the same time. Good cast. If you like Clueless and Mean Girls you will like this movie.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Not much to see here.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

There are three aspects to a comedy that should immediately tell you it's something terrible: 1. It's unrealistic. 2. Laughing takes effort. 3. By the ending, you are convinced you have psychic abilities because you predicted the way the film would close within the first five minutes. Alongside all the terrible performances and countless scenes of humiliation that is bound to elicit lots of eye-rolling, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE is a film defined in its entirety by those three components.

Maybe if this were something like a two-minute YouTube video staging the humiliation of a high school ladies' man, it would be watchable and even possibly cute. But with 89 minutes (praise the Lord it's no longer!) of behind-the-scenes filled with eye-rollers and insiders on girl talk that are supposed to be funny, the humiliation scenes (especially the one in which the girls cause John Tucker to break out crying in front of the whole school during a basketball game) just don't even remotely work out. The film just tries and tries (and tries) ever so terribly hard, but it never gets anywhere.

Full Review:

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

John Tucker Must Die Quotes

As for the girl that made John Tucker fall in love with her, she became a legend.
– Submitted by Criselle M (19 months ago)

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