Bubba Ho-Tep Reviews

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November 7, 2016
Despite having a fascinating set-up and an excellent turn from Bruce Campbell, Bubba Ho-Tep becomes a missed opportunity due to director/writer Don Coscarelli's inability to take advantage of the bizarre premise.
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
October 30, 2004
the true horror here, far from being some middle-eastern revenant in a cowboy hat, is the indignity of disease, the anonymity of old age, and the inevitability of death
September 30, 2004
Bubba Ho-Tep tries ineffectually to be both a lyrical character study and a darkly satirical horror flick.
February 29, 2004
The moment the plot takes hold, this most likable film unmercifully dies.
February 9, 2004
Campbell does a decent Elvis impersonation (thang you very much), but the rest of Coscarelli's goofy script feels like it crawled out of a B-movie crypt.
February 3, 2004
Coscarelli's wacky weirdness is too clever by half, and the hi-def video look is not a pleasure to behold.
January 30, 2004
Coscarelli's pacing pokes along like Elvis in his walker, and the horror finale is slow and pointless.
January 9, 2004
Neither particularly funny nor scary, but tiresome.
December 19, 2003
Bubba has a couple of terrific performances and some major laughs, but it's so badly paced that at only 92 minutes it seems overlong.
December 8, 2003
Bubba Ho-Tep sounds more like a hip Saturday Night Live skit. Unfortunately, it also plays like a standard SNL movie, all high concept with little story.
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.
November 7, 2003
This movie is exactly what you would expect once you know the premise - beyond silly with equal parts quirky and dark comedy thrown in the mix.
October 17, 2003
As disappointing as the stale routines of most Elvis impersonators.
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.
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.
October 3, 2003
A one-joke horror comedy that rarely capitalizes on its wacky premise.
October 2, 2003
The best comedy ever made about Elvis, JFK, a soul-sucking ancient Egyptian and giant cockroaches ... [but] the film can't sustain the humor.
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.
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