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Death Note Reviews

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January 17, 2019
It's good for a couple of unintended laughs, all sealed up in a shiny candy wrapper. There's nothing here worth getting angry about, nor is there anything worthy of praise; the resulting film is more of a footnote than a Death Note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2018
This F-grade review has nothing to do with the whitewashing in Death Note and everything to do with being a walking disaster of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.67/5
November 11, 2018
Adam Wingard's stylish direction and the solid casting do make it more than watchable, but the story and pacing are hampered by an overstuffed plot ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
November 2, 2018
While it didn't exactly inspire me to rush out and track down the other adaptations, it did once again remind me of what a talent Adam Wingard is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 30, 2018
[Death Note] shamefully uses Japan and Japanese people at its convenience.
Full Review | Original Score: F
September 26, 2018
Death Note may not be for everyone, but its exploration of absolute power corrupting absolutely is nevertheless wonderfully weird and lovingly created.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2018
This terrible movie ain't worth me explaining the premise.
August 29, 2018
Stylistically Death Note is stunning. Suitably heightened and hyper-stylised, everything feels otherworldly. The gore, and there is plenty, is similarly heightened, and could easily be straight out an anime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2018
Simply put, if the concept behind Death Note sounds intriguing, stick to the anime or don't bother.
August 20, 2018
Another manga live action manga adaptation butchered, how long will this genre have to wait before it has its Spider-Man 2 moment? Before we get a good one? Longer still it would seem. Today is not that day.
February 5, 2018
It's an almost inherently engrossing premise that's employed to progressively hit-and-miss effect by director Adam Wingard...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2018
...the film never goes into the deeper, more fascinating concepts that it could've tackled, which feels like a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 23, 2018
If they had concentrated more on the investigative element, I would've liked that. The tonal shifts really threw me off.
December 28, 2017
Death Note is gold. The film, which is never defined, simply remains in nothingness. [Full review in Spanish]
October 11, 2017
Death Note is a failed product, which we have been starting to see more of from Netflix, lately. It's a shame in a way, because this project had potential. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 11, 2017
It's more cat-and-mouse suspense than out-and-out frightfest, but it is well worth your time this Nerdoween for a twisting, turning story of twisted morality and murders most foul.
September 13, 2017
It's probably not going to win over the Manga faithful, but Death Note is entertaining fun despite its failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 12, 2017
Brave it if you dare, but by the time it's over, the only thing you'll want to write in your Death Note is your Netflix subscription.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
September 8, 2017
An attempt of Final Destination, which is the same as saying "any Hollywood horror movie of the last ten years". [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 6, 2017
Contrary to online chatter, the ultimate tragedy of Netflix's "Death Note" adaptation isn't its general infidelity to its source material; it's that it sucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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