• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Betty Thomas
    In Theaters:
    Jul 28, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 14, 2006
  • 20th Century Fox


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John Tucker Must Die Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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 Source: Urban Cinefile

September 2, 2006
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2006

Premiere Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2006
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

| Original Score: 3/5

August 4, 2006
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

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

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 3, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A slightly warped edge keeps us engaged with the simplistic characters and goofy situations.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2006


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 29, 2006
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Teen comedies are notoriously predictable, and screenwriter Jeff Lowell isn't out to rock the genre boat, but his smartly written dialogue and the infectious charm of the cast, particularly Snow and Metcalfe, add up to a winning combination.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2006

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Despite the hypocrisy at its core, John Tucker is entertaining in a synthetic way: The script is funny and knowing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 28, 2006
Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times
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... 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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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As tasty as a quart of s'mores, John Tucker Must Die is a slumber-party classic that belongs on the same shelf as Bring It On and 10 Things I Hate About You.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 28, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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... John Tucker Must Die is clever enough to avoid the places you expect it to end up, occasionally racy without being trashy, inventive in its torture.

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

July 28, 2006
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies

While it's no Heathers ... there are some truly dark and funny moments throughout with director Betty Thomas, setting just about the right tone.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 28, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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There's something mildly charming about this cheerful revenge comedy's lack of any straightforward moral agenda.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 28, 2006
Justin Chang
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[A] glossy, enjoyable comic fantasy ...

Full Review Source: Variety

July 28, 2006
Eric D. Snider

It's not grating the way many of its genre are, and the pandering it does to its teenage female audience seems good-natured, not cynical.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

July 28, 2006
John Venable

Made for teenagers and they'll be seeing it no matter what we say. I would too if I was 16 and saw the poster. Wait for the DVD.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 6/10

July 27, 2006
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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Irish Times

January 5, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
August 19, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 18, 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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August 6, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 5, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 29, 2006

Baltimore Sun
July 29, 2006
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