Odd Thomas Reviews

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
February 23, 2014
Odd Thomas is a visual head-scratcher about a paranormal investigator who loves interrupting Willem Dafoe during, um, "date night" - or at least that's what I took away from this lame Scooby Doo episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
February 27, 2014
Odd Thomas is a sloppy mixture of what could otherwise be a fun thriller. It's like a really lazy rip off of Peter Jackson's The Frighteners if it was made 18 years too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2014
In adapting Dean Koontz's series, Sommers nails the hero but bungles the world-building. Odd predicts mythological violence, but the climactic wreckage we see on screen is too real for what should play out as weightless entertainment.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
June 17, 2014
Nightmarish imagery, violence abounds in dark-humored tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 29, 2013
The only truly odd thing about it is that each creative decision passed without comment.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 28, 2013
When a movie directed by Stephen Sommers doesn't even get a theatrical release, you know something's up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
February 27, 2014
A protective layer of irony ensures that the movie's commingling of the mundane and the bizarre never registers as camp.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2014
Yep, he's an odd one all right. You're likely to get tired of hearing about it pretty quick, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 27, 2014
This expensive-looking indie, adapted from a supernatural book series by sci-fi author Dean Koontz, tries too hard for a wacky tone, and winds up merely brain-dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
February 28, 2014
Odd Thomas should have been a scary horror movie with comic overtones, or a flat-out comedy with horror overtones. Instead, Sommers opts for a live-action version of a dumbed-down Scooby Doo adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
February 27, 2014
Unnecessary overkill, either explaining things or destroying things as it inspects the titular character's powers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 27, 2014
What worked so well for Anton Yelchin as the protagonist of "Fright Night" - scrappy, clever young guy fights supernatural evil - falls flat in this adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel from director Stephen Sommers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Tallerico
RogerEbert.com
February 28, 2014
They've given this once-promising character a fate similar to death-a pretty bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
February 27, 2014
The shallow, casual explanation of motive is patently offensive and a sharp dip for a film that generally hovers around obnoxious disposability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 7, 2014
It feels smaller and more rushed - and less plausible - than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2014
Cast and crew generate an enjoyable sense of community in Odd's hometown. Odd Thomas just doesn't leave us with much desire to return there.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 27, 2014
At once comic, tragic and goofily romantic, and resting too often on Odd's clarifying narration, this young-adult lark breaches the nonsense barrier with some regularity.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
February 27, 2014
Right from the outset, Sommers demonstrates zero trust that viewers will enjoy Odd as a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 21, 2014
The film fails to establish a consistent tone and never becomes truly funny or scary as a result.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 21, 2013
The books' juggling of tricky tonal and narrative devices translates into a screen result less clever than arbitrary and silly.
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