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Happy Death Day (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Happy Death Day puts a darkly humorous sci-fi spin on slasher conventions, with added edge courtesy of a starmaking performance from Jessica Rothe.

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Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity. Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell and Landon.

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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (18)

On another level, Happy Death Day is a low-key celebration of cinema. Landon and Lobdell revel in how their story could only happen in the movies, piling on preposterous complications with self-aware glee.

October 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Christopher Landon and screenwriter and comics veteran Scott Lobdell maintain modest tension and humor as they deliver tried-and-true genre standbys like loud music jump-scares, an unnaturally deserted hospital and red-herring suspects.

October 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But the film doesn't just find a clever way to refresh a maybe-calcified genre. It also overturns some of the genre's more puritanical tendencies.

October 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Happy Death Day is about 90 minutes long and, past the first half-hour, every minute is dumber than the one before it.

October 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's a spunky charm to the Scream-meets-Groundhog Day thing, and the film is well-built. The problem is its chipper message.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is no big deal, but its Groundhog Day conceit is kind of irresistible, and the genre blend seems right for this age of women seeking stability and empowerment.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy Death Day

The idea is, of course, not the most original, but at least this is an effective combination of slasher and Groundhog Day that can be quite funny and entertaining, with nice twists, inspired deaths and a killing performance by Jessica Rothe to make it worth watching.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Okay, the conceit is not original. Harold Ramis' family probably wishes that their dad had copyrighted the idea of characters who keep reliving entire days over and over again as a cinematic vehicle and then charged them a percentage for the use of it. Pass that, the use of the conceit is not terrible. It's adequate. The young starlet plays her part well, as does the supporting cast. Only the box office will tell if we're watching the start of another tongue-in-cheek horror franchise.The store that sells the knives they always use in these movies will never go out of business. Ever.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Could have been so much more!

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