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Cabin Fever Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 15, 2003
... disgusting and brainless ...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 12, 2003
You've got to love a horror movie that wears its bloody influences so happily on its sleeve, and then proceeds to roll it up and start swinging the axe in a different direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 12, 2003
You won't want to eat, drink or be touched after a bout of Cabin Fever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2003
Cabin Fever starts small, and stays small, never reaching the transcendent Blair Witch heights of the biggest low-budget successes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 12, 2003
Movies about flesh-eating viruses don't come along every day. Cabin Fever, which opens today, demonstrates why.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2003
Like much of Cabin Fever, the performances are competent and uninteresting.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 12, 2003
Other than a few witty jokes and a game cast, there's nothing particularly special here. Still, the nods to masters like Wes Craven and George Romero -- along with buckets of blood -- ought to thrill horror fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 12, 2003
Cabin Fever is imitative, but it's honestly and even reverentially so -- what Roth borrows he at least has the grace to pay back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 12, 2003
A clever and bloody romp over the turf of friendship and fear.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 12, 2003
Taken on its own repellently coarse and shocking B-movie terms, it's every bit as infectious in its way as the gross-out virus it depicts.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 12, 2003
The movie adds up to a few good ideas and a lot of bad ones, wandering around in search of an organizing principle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 12, 2003
The movie is well shot and decently acted for its genre, but it lacks the distinctive vision to make it of value to anyone not already convinced of the inherent entertainment value in flying body parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2003
Cabin Fever is something you don't want to catch.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 12, 2003
This movie may appeal to the youthful, midnight-madness crowd, but there isn't enough in it to bestow it with classic B-movie glory.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 12, 2003
A loud, derivative grade-Z horror film of no particular distinction.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 12, 2003
Dopey comic interludes do little but disrupt the flow.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 11, 2003
It's a mean-spirited, drunken stumble of a movie unspooling in an endless loop of panicky foolishness.
Read More | Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 11, 2003
On the surface, Cabin Fever might seem like just another ripoff of the Michigan-made cult classic The Evil Dead, but it has a style and sense of humor entirely its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 11, 2003
Cabin Fever may be low-budget gore-gore silliness, but it's passionate low-budget gore-gore silliness.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 11, 2003
[Roth] has more going for him cinematically than the folks who did The Blair Witch Project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 11, 2003
An unusually potent blend of dread, gore and gallows humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2003
Roth and co-writer Randy Pearlstein choke up the occasional belly laugh in Cabin Fever, but they're so busy selling their jokes and their film-geek smarts they never figure out how to scare us.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2003
A well-timed examination of moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 11, 2003
Deals more in 'arrrgh, gross!' moments than in genuine fright.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 11, 2003
A ferociously entertaining and mean little horror movie that achieves the kind of outrageous vibe best enjoyed in a crowded, noisy theater.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 11, 2003
This impressively icky, witty scare pic from director Eli Roth combines the hillbilly-country horror of the first Blair Witch Project with the viral decimation and paranoia of 28 Days Later.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 11, 2003
Only the true aficionado of the horror/slasher/ deadly virus/ mutant-hillbilly movie will appreciate Cabin Fever at all, much less make any sense of it.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2003
The result is something neither scary nor funny ... but marked by a self-satisfaction that permeates every corner of the film like its own contagion.
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
September 11, 2003
It's just a watery, undeservedly smug update of the low-budget, kids-stranded- in-the-sticks bloodfests of the 1970s and '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 11, 2003
Horror fans will cherish Cabin Fever, and stout-hearted movie lovers in general would be wise to scope it out even if they have to peek between their fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 10, 2003
Would make a decent midnight movie, but I wish there were something in it that felt original.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 9, 2003
Beginning with the sound of flies over the opening credits, Roth's sure-handed movie is rife with queasy discomfort.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 8, 2003
It's a blast of good gory fun that just won't quit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2003
Too often potential elements of suspense and true terror are sacrificed for intended laughs (in-jokes and otherwise) that don't always materialize.