Friday the 13th - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Friday the 13th Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
February 17, 2009
I got extremely bored.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
February 17, 2009
We've seen it all before.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 17, 2009
You really have to screw it up to dishonor the memory of a movie as s****y as the original Friday the 13th. Heads should roll.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 13, 2009
This film is so last-century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 13, 2009
The series reboot is much the same, but it's easily the most effective -- and scary -- entrant in the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2009
It's business as usual at Camp Crystal Lake, with very little in the way of fresh jolts or an innovative visual style that would have really revitalized the hokey franchise.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 13, 2009
For all its attempted jolts, it's not all that scary. The genre is reduced to 'Who gets it next and how?' and never for a second makes us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2009
The original handful of Friday films had a certain low-rent elegance about them, and this slickly done, dimly lighted, whiplash-edited update loses that too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2009
The story has been pulled from its shallow grave, but not at all reinvigorated. Rather, it's been dusted off and repackaged for the sole purpose of raking in millions from foolish audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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New York Daily News
February 13, 2009
Soul-deadening homage, thy name is Jason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 13, 2009
Not to second-guess our law-enforcement authorities but... is the Crystal Lake PD really doing such a good job?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2009
Hopefully, there's something in President Obama's stimulus package that will help the ailing slasher-movie industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
February 13, 2009
Faithfully adhering to the precepts of the slasher flick, it might even seem honourable if it weren't so disreputable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
February 13, 2009
The undying Friday the 13th franchise gets a surprisingly decent reboot in this stylish, playful example of the decapitated hottie genre.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2009
An SUV of dramatically varied teens (sluts, nerdy sluts, one black guy, other sluts) visit Camp Crystal Lake. Pot is smoked. Sex is had by all. Also, topless water skiing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rob Nelson
Variety
February 13, 2009
To say the new film is better shot and cut than those barebones gorefests of the Reagan era is to say nothing much, as even series fans would agree.
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2009
This film is (be)head and shoulders above the recently reanimated likes of Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 12, 2009
This Friday the 13th is glossy, good-looking garbage, acted out by a cast of big-chested androids (male and female alike) and with the original series' rough edges smooved over.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 12, 2009
This is awfully tired stuff, right down to the last-minute gotcha. But at least Friday the 13th isn't Saw VI.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 12, 2009
Everyone's working with a much bigger budget this time, but the end result is just as stupid and not as scary as the original.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 12, 2009
As Jason sequels go, this is one of the best, though that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 12, 2009
Even by slasher standards, the bar for a satisfying Friday the 13th entry is unabashedly low: Take teens, kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 12, 2009
It's The Hills, Bromance, The Real World, and Rock of Love with a body count.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 12, 2009
To acquire a new generation of fans, it should be either horrifying or hilarious, and this Friday the 13th is ultimately neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
February 12, 2009
The movie knows it's a slasher flick made solely for commerce, it knows we know what it is, and yet it insists on feigning the song and dance.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 12, 2009
It's almost charming in its sheer lack of ambition, but the lack of creativity in its by-the-numbers shocks is harder to excuse.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2009
Despite an evident appetite for mayhem, however, Bay is not the right guy to produce slasher movies. Horror requires intimacy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
February 12, 2009
For one ticket price, you get three shoddy Friday the 13th movies packed into one, which might constitute entertainment value if any one of them constituted entertainment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 12, 2009
Friday the 13th is about the best Friday the 13th movie you could hope for. Its technical credits are excellent. It has a lot of scary and gruesome killings. Not a whole lot of acting is required. If that's what you want to find out, you can stop reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 12, 2009
This is dull, unimaginative stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 11, 2009
Remake, reboot, re-envisioning -- whatever you call it, it amounts to the same thing: a cynical money grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 11, 2009
While there is plenty of gore and gratuitous sex, the movie acknowledges the ridiculousness of it all, trusting that the audience -- one hopes -- is in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5