Happy Death Day Reviews

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October 26, 2017
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 20, 2017
Landon's scary movie offers a short, sharp shock to the system. Let it make your day.
October 20, 2017
The whole thing is basically Gossip Girl as seen through the lens of Nietzsche's theory of eternal recurrence, only not as fun as that sounds.
October 19, 2017
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
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 14, 2017
Happy Death Day is about 90 minutes long and, past the first half-hour, every minute is dumber than the one before it.
October 13, 2017
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 12, 2017
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
What makes Death Day feel so fresh is that this is all played with a whopper of a wink, pulled off by the considerable comedic talents of star Jessica Rothe, who successfully juggles the horror/comedy mash-up.
October 12, 2017
This is one movie that no one needs to relive.
October 12, 2017
Doesn't seem to enjoy its own ridiculous concept enough, and yet refuses to stage any set pieces that feel honestly scary either.
October 12, 2017
Becoming a decent person requires an awful lot of dying in "Happy Death Day," a snappy horror-comedy with a gentle romantic spine.
Top Critic
October 12, 2017
Once the novelty of the genre swap wears off, you're just watching another inferior variation.
October 11, 2017
Campy, clever, thrilling and, most important, a delirious amount of horror fun that kicks off with the opening Universal logo and never slows down.
October 11, 2017
Although concentrating on delivering easily digestible situations and scene progressions, Landon does demonstrate some enticing visual flair that gets rather diminished by the repetitiveness of the plot.
October 11, 2017
"Happy Death Day" is "Groundhog Day" dipped in blood, and if the movie isn't all that clever, it's just clever enough to get by.
October 11, 2017
Once you get past the premise - and granted, that takes some doing - "Happy Death Day" turns out to be goofy good fun.
October 11, 2017
The film's biggest issue is not knowing exactly what kind of movie it wants to be - and ends up being a hodgepodge. Nothing "Happy" about that.
October 11, 2017
It's Groundhog Day meets Scream, although lacking the first film's novelty and the latter's postmodern smarts.
October 11, 2017
It's hard to tell if Happy Death Day is a smart movie masquerading as a dumb one or vice versa.
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