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Valentine (2001)

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8

Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 67

Valentine is basically a formulaic throwback to conventional pre-Scream slasher flicks. Critics say it doesn't offer enough suspense or scares to justify its addition to the genre.

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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 19

Valentine is basically a formulaic throwback to conventional pre-Scream slasher flicks. Critics say it doesn't offer enough suspense or scares to justify its addition to the genre.

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 56,100

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Movie Info

The novel of the same name by author Tom Savage becomes this horror film starring Marley Shelton as Kate Davies. Kate's in a troubled relationship with journalist Adam Carr (David Boreanaz), a problem drinker, but she receives support from her best friends, the same four girls she's known since grade school: Paige Prescott (Denise Richards), Dorothy Wheeler (Jessica Capshaw), Lily Voight (Jessica Cauffel), and Shelly Fisher (Katherine Heigl). When Shelly is murdered and the other girls begin

Jul 24, 2001

$19.8M

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (67) | DVD (22)

The contradictory sexual politics in this lightweight slasher suggest that at some point it was meant to satirize the traditional mores of the self-satisfied female characters.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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In the new teen slasher flick Valentine, a public-school nerd, now grown up, seeks to systematically murder all the girls who wouldn't dance with him at the Grade 6 Valentine's dance. Or maybe that's not what happens. It ís hard to tell.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A cheesy horror flick that doesn't take itself too seriously.

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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I had fun anyway.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Valentine isn't scary, but it is unsettling; not ultimately satisfying, but arresting in the moment.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Looking good but lacking much in the way of personality or gray matter.

February 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A singularly direct and unchallenging example of the latter-day slasher film, made to a template that was starting to show its age every bit of 20 years before the movie premiered.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Poorly made and just stupid.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A bland whodunit slasher film starring a bunch of nineties relics...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Yet another one of those films that Scream was supposed to have buried but instead resurrected.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It doesn't have those scare-the-sh*t out of you moments, and if it doesn't have any of those, what's the point?

November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Scary horror flicks went out with the emergence of the self-referential horror movie.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The essential daftness isn't helped by the stars, who play it straight when they should have gone for laughs.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Porno actresses are smarter than this crew!

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I'm not a big fan of horror films, but as they go this isn't a bad one.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The horror-thriller Valentine makes mistakes where its successful predecessors like Scream didn't, essentially revealing its antagonist in its casting.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

As run-of-the-mill slasher movies go, one of the best to hit screens since the post-Scream boom.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Hopefully audiences will come to their senses and mark this one "return to sender."

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Just when the slasher genre had mercifully been left for dead, along comes this abysmally wasteful exercise to drain it of whatever life it has left.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A WB teen melodrama with the lamest villain since the Gorton's Fisherman in I Know What You Did Last Summer.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

It all ends with a mystery over the new identity of the killer, which is so hard to figure out that you'd have to be at least six years old.

July 9, 2001

This Valentine's date is mostly a bummer. The cast do not have much of a chance to distinguish themselves.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If you're going to make R-rated pulp, at least make it pulpy.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Audience Reviews for Valentine

Valentine is one of the better films in the teen horror genres, yeah I know. Even though the film is a better take on a tired genre in horror, it doesn't necessarily mean thats its a good film, far from it. The actors are terrible, and the script is lacking in effective scares, but what it does have is plenty of horrific death scenes, which I thought were pretty original. Valentine is a teen version of a slasher film during a holiday, unfortunately, Valentine's Day has already been covered in the horror, by a film called My Bloody Valentine. A different take on a holiday that has already been done in the past, but unfortunately Valentine lacks the memorable themes presented in My Bloody Valentine, which will always remain a classic and the superior slasher flick set during Valentine's Day.
June 9, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Pathetically awful in every way. As a slasher, it is devoid of any gruesome, original or uncomfortable death scenes. They are just so plain and ordinary. The kills are also few and far between and some of them are thrown in for no reason. The identity of the killer is so obvious they may as well have told you at the beginning. The main characters are also portrayed as the same bitchy girls they were at school, making them less sympathetic than the killer. It's too concerned with trying to trick you, but failing to realise that it's audience aren't as clueless as the makers would like to believe. This has nothing for fans of the genre or fans of cinema. Making it instantly disposable.
August 21, 2009
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Trashy horror saved by the fact that it knows it is trashy and has a decent cast. I quite liked it.
January 20, 2009
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