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Drop Dead Fred Reviews

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
May 5, 2014
The film is in desperate need of flow. It plays like a collection of bits, skits that have been thrown together with little eye to continuity.
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2014
Drop Dead Fred is a movie for people who like the sound of fingernails on blackboards and the feel of a drill bearing into a bicuspid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 5, 2014
A charmless, irritating psychological fantasy that can`t decide whether to aim at kids or adults.
Peter Freedman
Radio Times
May 5, 2014
It's particularly irritating if you've seen the much better Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
I know this flick has its fans, but I saw it 14 years ago ... and I still have a headache.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
May 24, 2011
An appallingly unpleasant, unfunny, and deeply disturbed motion picture. It's an ear-splitting slapstick comedy for an unknown audience, unifying parents and kids in discomfort with its aggressive movement.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Variety Staff
September 3, 2008
Director Ate De Jong has captured the silliness of childhood with the hyperactive title character but too often drills jokes deep into the pavement, until even children will have long stopped laughing.
Christopher Null
July 16, 2003
Atrocious and utterly unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Drop Dead Fred wants to be an offbeat cross between Harvey and Beetlejuice, but it is more like a shrill, interminable episode of I Dream of Jeannie.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2014
The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child. What a laugh riot!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2014
Drop Dead Fred is an erratic stab at making madness sensible, a slapstick nightmare that goes too sane, that tries too hard to be both good and rotten.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
May 5, 2014
Just a strident celebration of booger jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
February 7, 2003
Icky comedy.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 6, 2002
What were they thinking?
| Original Score: 0/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 5, 2014
It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Drop Dead Fred gives imaginary friends everywhere a bad name; one only hopes that there is an Imaginary Friend Defamation League.
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