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Bubba Ho-Tep Reviews

March 12, 2018
Hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell's cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
September 24, 2007
A mismatched marriage of offbeat character study and unimaginative horror riffs.
September 24, 2007
Writer-director Don Coscarelli piles on unpleasant details and cynical asides as if they were the stuff of wisdom, though they seem intended to produce guffaws rather than thoughts
August 14, 2007
This absurdly clever caper is elevated by Bruce Campbell's pensive Elvis into a moving meditation on the diminutions of age and the vagaries of fame.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2006
There's plenty of scatological humour and knockabout fun to get one through the slower passages.
October 6, 2004
A fiendishly funny comedy horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2004
Fry up a peanut butter and 'nana sandwich, hop in your Cadillac and take one last ride with the King.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 9, 2004
Neither particularly funny nor scary, but tiresome.
January 9, 2004
In the end, what keeps it going is not the story but the delicious relationship between Elvis and JFK.
November 26, 2003
Often hilarious low-budget romp.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 21, 2003
Bubba Ho-Tep succeeds as goofy-yet- tender wish fulfillment, offering an Elvis who tries to redeem his self-indulgent persona and become a hero. It fails as the sort of Campbell vehicle that wears out VCRs and haunts midnight-movie houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2003
Bubba Ho-Tep offers plenty of tasty warped humor but doesn't have quite enough comic gas to become a cult classic.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2003
Bubba Ho-tep may sound bizarre, but it's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 17, 2003
Coscarelli, who brought us four volumes of Phantasm, is a surefooted B-movie journeyman, and for Bubba Ho-Tep he's in a generously lunatic mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2003
Campbell gives another notable acrobatic performance, which is saying something for an actor who has spent the best part of his career getting knocked around by ghosts and ghouls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2003
It has the damnedest ingratiating way of making us sit there and grin at its harebrained audacity, laugh at its outhouse humor, and be somewhat moved (not deeply, but somewhat) at the poignancy of these two old men and their situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2003
Coscarelli ... can't quite conjure a complete movie out the concept and stretches the material until its humorous conceits repeat ad nauseum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2003
Surprisingly good as a quirky triumph of human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
A low-budget comedy chiller that makes up in dog-eared charm what it lacks in fright.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2003
Coscarelli, writer-director of the logy, fatuous Bubba Ho-Tep, is trying to will a cult movie into existence -- which, of course, never works.
Read More | Original Score: C-
October 3, 2003
Coscarelli gives this low-rent lunacy an accomplished visual look as well as plenty of B-movie charm.
October 2, 2003
Writer-director Don Coscarelli, maker of such potent cult films as Phantasm and The Beastmaster, fails to come up with enough incidents and action to make this overly leisurely picture the zany fun it means to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2003
It keeps surprising you at nearly every turn.
September 26, 2003
The movie deserves its advance cult status because of its antic humor and, of course, Campbell's Elvis.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2003
It's a credit to the actors, particularly the superb Campbell, that completely preposterous material can be made strangely touching.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2003
Done on the cheap but with great flair.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 25, 2003
Ho-Tep is a punch line in search of a setup.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
September 24, 2003
One of the most cool and tantalizingly bizarre flicks of 2003, this movie isn't afraid to try anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2003
This independent production is so preposterously creative and fun that it makes Hollywood's sausagelike output seem even staler in contrast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2002
A zinger-filled crowd-pleaser that open-minded Elvis fans (but by no means all) will have fun with.