John Tucker Must Die Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 7, 2007
A high-school revenge comedy that aims at a teen audience yet manages to be witty without being snarky or sophomoric.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 2, 2006
Buoyed by its good looking cast and entertaining script, John Tucker Must Die is witty and funny, as it reminds us that it is cool to be yourself - whoever you are.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 17, 2006
Not quite in the league of Mean Girls but this is still an enjoyably silly teen revenge comedy with strong performances and a witty, likeable script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Premiere Magazine
August 8, 2006
It functions well as a guilty pleasure that has some smile-worthy gags alongside the occasional Farrelly Brothers style gross-out moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
August 5, 2006
Tucker is strictly for the teen crowd, but the intermittent waves of witty fun are to die for.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 4, 2006
This is one of those films that manages to overcome the limitations of it's genre and become something a bit more.
| Original Score: 3/5
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2006
The material is often trite, but director Thomas and her attractive cast make it seem fresh most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 29, 2006
A slightly warped edge keeps us engaged with the simplistic characters and goofy situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Bullz-Eye.com
July 29, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 28, 2006
Teen comedies are notoriously predictable, and screenwriter Jeff Lowell isn't out to rock the genre boat, but his smartly written dialogue and the infectious charm of the cast, particularly Snow and Metcalfe, add up to a winning combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 28, 2006
Despite the hypocrisy at its core, John Tucker is entertaining in a synthetic way: The script is funny and knowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times
July 28, 2006
... longtime director Betty Thomas shows that she's still got the pulse of teenage angst, bringing out strong performances from every one of the ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 28, 2006
As tasty as a quart of s'mores, John Tucker Must Die is a slumber-party classic that belongs on the same shelf as Bring It On and 10 Things I Hate About You.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
... John Tucker Must Die is clever enough to avoid the places you expect it to end up, occasionally racy without being trashy, inventive in its torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
July 28, 2006
While it's no Heathers ... there are some truly dark and funny moments throughout with director Betty Thomas, setting just about the right tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2006
There's something mildly charming about this cheerful revenge comedy's lack of any straightforward moral agenda.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 28, 2006
[A] glossy, enjoyable comic fantasy ...
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 28, 2006
It's not grating the way many of its genre are, and the pandering it does to its teenage female audience seems good-natured, not cynical.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Venable
Supercala.com
July 27, 2006
Made for teenagers and they'll be seeing it no matter what we say. I would too if I was 16 and saw the poster. Wait for the DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 19, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 18, 2006
Top Critic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 6, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 5, 2006
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2006

Baltimore Sun
July 29, 2006
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