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Jennifer's Body Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 6, 2009
By tapping in to the same vein of 'hormonal horror' as the excellent 'Ginger Snaps', this offers a witty, subversive look at the darker side of teen friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2009
The flashes of competence just emphasize the extent to which the film has no idea what it's doing.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2009
[Cody's] glib teen-hip dialogue mostly feels like self-conscious splatter over a sorely lackluster scare flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 18, 2009
Apparently, there's nothing like lean and hungry times to awaken the undead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 18, 2009
There are probably worse ways to go out than being devoured by Fox... but the film squanders all the fun from what could have been a hilarious, gore-filled romp.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 18, 2009
Director Karyn Kusama finds resonant terror in details: the look Anita and Jennifer exchange before Jen's fateful ride, or a victim's last-minute ah-hah.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2009
It's a fun premise -- a twist on the usual girl-in-distress scenario of the standard-issue horror film -- enlivened by Codyspeak.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2009
[T]here's something a bit sour about the whole enterprise, a lack of fun that becomes more evident as the injuries and indignities piled upon poor Needy accumulate, and gradually crowd out the film's early tongue-in-cheekiness.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2009
The tone wavers, the direction's slackly indecisive and visually drab, and in the middle of it is a thinly conceived antagonist played by Megan Fox. Honestly, she's a pretty bad actress. She doesn't seem to get Cody's sense of humor. At all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 18, 2009
Jennifer's Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 18, 2009
Cody will stop a scene cold for the chance to shoehorn "move on dot org" into a sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 18, 2009
The amateurishly directed 'Jennifer's Body' is a bust as ha-ha horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 18, 2009
I'd like to see Jennifer get transferred to that "Twilight" school and stir up some trouble.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 18, 2009
The movie substitutes calculation for brains, and the filmmakers seem to think we'll all be too stupid to notice.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 18, 2009
[Its] depiction of the ways in which women like Needy are willing to compromise themselves to indulge an ultimately less secure friend is spot-on.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 18, 2009
Jennifer's Body comes across as Diablo Cody lite, something she seems to have dashed off in-between talk show appearances and updating her MySpace page with her latest caustic witticisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2009
Director Karyn Kusama is torn between duty to female empowerment and slasher convention. But Fox shows a comic flair that Transformers never investigated.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 18, 2009
As a horror movie, Jennifer's Body doesn't fully deliver. But as a comic allegory of what it's like to be an adolescent girl who comes into sexual and social power that she doesn't know what the heck to do with, it is a minor classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 18, 2009
Clever one-liners don't cover the cruelty here. Jennifer is shallow. The movie about her is, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 18, 2009
Takes up a common theme of slasher films - that queasy, panicky fascination with female sexuality that we all know - and turns it inside out.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 18, 2009
It's almost as if no one knows what to do with Megan Fox.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 18, 2009
Fox eats and heats up screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2009
It's a serviceable premise, but the execution fails on almost every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 17, 2009
Seyfried approaches her role with such honesty and vulnerability that she transforms the movie; you see, in her bottomless blue eyes, that she long ago accepted being the girl that nobody noticed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 17, 2009
Jennifer's Body tries hard to be cool, gross and nasty but feels forced and misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 17, 2009
Kusama and Cody's collaboration is a wicked black comedy with unexpected emotional resonance, one of the most purely pleasurable movies of the year so far.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 17, 2009
As screenwriter Diablo Cody might say in her irritatingly pop-cult way, this zombie-chick horror-satire is more dead-eyed than Blake Lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2009
You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 17, 2009
Not since Brian De Palma's Carrie has a horror movie so effectively exploited the genre as a metaphor for adolescent angst, female sexuality and the strange, sometimes corrosive bonds between girls who claim to be best friends.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2009
There is within Diablo Cody the soul of an artist, and her screenplay brings to this material a certain edge, a kind of gleeful relish, that's uncompromising. This isn't your assembly-line teen horror thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 17, 2009
Last year, a ... horror flick called Teeth, about a ... girl who had incisors where she shouldn't, covered this territory with more creativity, complexity and humor. Jennifer's Body, for all its promise, could use some of that bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 16, 2009
While Fox's performance as a high-school girl possessed by a demon would seem key to the fortunes of the film, Amanda Seyfried, as her unlikely best friend, Needy, makes it more interesting than it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 16, 2009
Cody throws one too many losses at Needy; the screenwriter loses her satiric way about halfway through. But for a while, this has real fangs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 15, 2009
Jennifer's Body seems designed more to be quoted than watched.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 15, 2009
Jennifer's Body is never scary and it's only sporadically amusing.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 15, 2009
If you're in search for a way to ogle Megan Fox's body, there are a lot better ways to do it than subjecting yourself to this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2009
An unoriginal and mostly unscary horror-comedy from, surprisingly, the pen of Diablo Cody.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 10, 2009
While not exactly lifeless, Jennifer's Body sure could be fresher.