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Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 15

Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 3

Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.

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Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. Tucker & Dale vs Evil has

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Horror, Comedy

Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson

Nov 29, 2011

$0.2M

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Here's something you don't see every day: a genial, politically correct splatter comedy.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Students of the Little Movie Glossary may find it funny how carefully "Tucker and Dale" works its way through upended cliches.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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At its heart, it's really just a one-idea premise stretched out to feature length, but the lovable duo of Tudyk and Labine and an endearing layer of sweetness under all the blood make it a fully enjoyable comedy of (t)errors.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It's time we all toss our nine bucks into the proverbial woodchipper (don't ask me what proverb) and spit out enough money to make Tucker & Dale and other truly deserving, truly funny indie flicks a blazing success.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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There's even a message under all the body parts: People are individuals, not just easy regional stereotypes.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Essentially a student film offering nothing but absurdly contrived coincidence.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (22)
New York Post
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Everyone seems to be having a jolly good time, though I'm still not sure what they're satirizing.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Tucker and Dale vs Evil is deliciously fun satire -- and, once all the blood has been spilt, offers an interesting riff on the line between hero and horror villain.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

There is nothing very deep about this movie, but it is surprisingly funny for a slasher film.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

... a far-fetched but bloody fun film that doesn't talk down to its target audience so much as it celebrates fans of the genre.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

I doubt that anyone who isn't well familiar with slasher movie tropes will completely understand all the jokes... but they should at least get a couple laughs out of it.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

By the time the action-packed, thoroughly tedious climax rolls around, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil has established itself as a missed opportunity of disappointingly epic proportions...

December 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Silly one-joke spoof horror/comedy about rednecks and college students together in the woods.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This goofy, over-the-top tale of college students on a camping trip warring with two local West Virginia hillbillies lacks a core identity.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
Film and Felt

Oh, dear. Oh, my. Oh, goody. This is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, a clever, witty, surprising splatter comedy to rank with Evil Dead II and Shaun of the Dead...

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (2)
Flick Filosopher

Beginning psychologists take note - hillbillies and college kids may kill each other, but the greatest assets in maintaining the peace, on both sides, are hot coeds.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Film fans who believe there's no way they could ever cheer for rednecks (a lifetime of Deliverance and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will do that to a person) will sheepishly smirk as they find themselves rooting for the rubes holding center stage here.

October 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Genuinely brilliant.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Clever horror/comedy hybrid of the kind that Sam Raimi used to make and that so many have tried to produce in recent years but have fallen remarkably flat. There's nothing flat about this clever genre flick. For the right audience, it's pretty great.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Just about as rip-roarin' a horror comedy as we've seen in a while.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The final acts of Tucker and Dale vs Evil find the movie falling into the trap of using the same conventions ... it so jovially and brutally skewers prior.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Comments (6)
Mark Reviews Movies

The timing is impeccable, the gags are wonderfully tasteless.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

One of the more enjoyable horror-comedies to come along since the original Scream.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

a mordant comedy of errors that juggles the clichés of its genre with a buoyant impudence. And blood. A whole lot of blood.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Tucker & Dale vs Evil

With originality to spare and two hillbillies that are actually likeable, the movie is enjoyable in theory but it's one joke plot gets old.
September 30, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

A very refreshing take on the old premise of kids getting into hick country and murdered one after another. As misunderstandings add up two kind-hearted hillbillies are mistaken for psycho murders and have to fight for their lives against bratty, unlikable college kids. That's gory, funny and tongue in cheek, fully aware of its own silliness. Very entertaining and bursting stereotypes with every step.
June 14, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Tucker & Dale Vs Evil is one of the most accomplished horror comedies that I have seen in quite some time. With a very good cast, director Eli Craig crafts something original and very different. What I loved about the film was the story, two rednecks get terrorized by annoying teenagers due to the fact that the teens think that Tucker & Dale seem creepy, but in reality they are just two rednecks going on vacation. What is hilarious about the film is that when Tucker & Dale try to clear up the misunderstanding about them being "Psycho" all hell breaks loose and accidents happen and the body count goes up. The gore effects are well done and are there is plenty of blood here to appeal to gore fans. The script is layered with effective comedy and horror, and there's plenty of memorable throughout the film. This is a very entertaining movie that is better than most horror films that is currently being released. While the film at times could have been better, the idea behind the film makes it a film that is worthy to see if you love horror comedies. The acting is quite good, and the script is well written with a few flaws. With a fine mix of two genres, director Eli Craig has made a rewarding film that will certainly delight horror fans new and old. Be prepared for something quite different. You will definitely laugh and some the scenes here. There is plenty to enjoy with Tucker & Dale VS Evil, and I happy to see that there is always at least one director out there wanting to create something truly worth seeing. This is a worthwhile addition to the horror genre, and it is a good time from the first frame onwards. The film may be imperfect, but it definitely is a fine movie that will offer you something totally refreshing in terms of a good story.
April 13, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

How did this happen? I can't believe I'm saying this, but if you want to have a nice, relaxing time, watch this gruesome horror movie.
March 9, 2013
Matthew Slaven

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    1. Tucker: It's a lovely day for a run, isn't it?
    – Submitted by Rhys S (6 months ago)
    1. Dale: They cut off his bowling fingers...
    – Submitted by Jim D (16 months ago)
    1. Tucker: I think he's gonna walk it off.
    – Submitted by Jim D (16 months ago)
    1. Dale: If you kill my dog I'm gonna.. I'm gonna be really mad!
    – Submitted by Ryan H (18 months ago)
    1. Tucker: We've had a doooosey ofa day!
    – Submitted by Alexander R (18 months ago)
    1. Tucker: [to Dale] When you see a college girl prancing around half naked, you do not call out my name!
    – Submitted by Venkatesh S (22 months ago)
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