Friday the 13th - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Friday the 13th Reviews

Page 1 of 3
Top Critic
Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter
November 2, 2014
It's blatant exploitation of the lowest order.
Simon Miraudo
October 15, 2012
It depicts what is surely the first recorded instance of the game "Strip Monopoly" and would later inspire Wet Hot American Summer, and we should all be grateful for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Gonsalves
October 19, 2010
It hasn't aged well; its nonstyle renders it pretty sedate these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 6, 2009
Within the dead-teenie realm it achieves a certain classicism
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Has there ever been a more unimaginative exercise in big-screen terror?
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
What makes the movie work is that the slasher genre hadn't been set in stone yet, and some choices that director Sean S. Cunningham makes in the film that work against type.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 14, 2009
a campfire boogeyman story designed to do little more than build tension and deliver a few well-timed shocks, which it does with precision and even a bit of artistry
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2009
How do you sum up a movie that's really quite awful yet helped define a filmmaking era?
Read More | Original Score: 64/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 10, 2009
Whether you want to credit or blame Friday the 13th for its role in influencing modern cineplex cinema is a matter of taste. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
February 10, 2009
...a woefully bad slasher flick, complete with an inept cast (including Kevin Bacon in uncomfortably tight shorts); laborious pacing; and an interminable catfight climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
February 7, 2009
Friday the 13th set the tone for the modern slasher flick. So you know which film to blame for all those lousy horror films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
February 4, 2009
You really have to wonder what exactly made the Friday the 13th series so wildly successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 1, 2009
...perhaps more than any other film, it helped to popularize the slasher genre and codify the formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dustin Putman
October 9, 2008
A skillful, if by-the-numbers, horror pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2008
A classic Bacon
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2007
It may be one of the most famous, but it's certainly not an original on which others are based.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2007
Unsophisticated by today's standards perhaps, but still contains plenty to satisfy the dedicated gore-hound.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2007
Makes not the slightest attempt to hide the outright theft of every one of its ideas from much better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Page 1 of 3