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John Tucker Must Die Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 17, 2006
Not the worst of its kind, but few over the age of 14 will find it worth forking out for.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 6, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2006
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 29, 2006
The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2006
John Tucker Must Die is trying to be Mean Girls with a more pointed purpose, but it's less fun than it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 28, 2006
... a dreary female revenge timewaster that steals from so many and returns so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
This one will probably appeal to its target audience, which is young enough not to have tired of watching cat fights and food fights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2006
... a timid, screamingly unfunny rip-off of Heathers ...
| Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2006
... the movie loses its meanness in its last third, a cop-out that robs it of the reason for making it and giving it such a nasty title
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 28, 2006
... slightly smarmy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 28, 2006
... a dispiriting revenge fantasy engineered by three waspish Barbies against one disposable Ken.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 28, 2006
Jeff Lowell's slapdash script is as phony as Beth's trendy animal activism, but it does offer plenty of easy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 28, 2006
Hopeful cinephiles might long for pitch-black satire a la Heathers ... but this by-the-book high school revenge comedy has the spine of a wet ramen noodle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
July 28, 2006
... it's so tediously formulaic, it never feels like more than a fourth-generation photocopy of the John Hughes template.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
... a teen payback comedy that squanders any potential it might have had on the altar of that all-important teen desire: It wants us to think it's cute.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 28, 2006
[A] tart-tongued mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
July 28, 2006
John Tucker Must Die isn't half bad. It's about two-fifths bad, mostly toward the incoherent ending, but that ratio is... well, not bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 28, 2006
This one is like watching 100 minutes of acne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 28, 2006
Despite a bold and promising title, John Tucker Must Die lacks the courage of its convictions.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 28, 2006
[A] glossy, enjoyable comic fantasy ...
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 27, 2006
It's not really John Tucker who must die. But we ought to lay his tired teen-movie premise to rest.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
Despite doing its best to jiggle, giggle and ogle its way into a niche somewhere between Heathers and American Pie, it becomes just another forgettable pastiche of sight gags and pop-culture references.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 27, 2006
There is exactly one worthwhile sequence in the movie, the bit where the trio slip him a bottle of estrogen pills before a game, transforming him into a distraught, emotionally unstable crybaby.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
Despite its various shortcomings, John Tucker isn't a terrible movie. It just isn't terribly funny or terribly interesting, although I suspect that its intended audience won't mind very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 27, 2006
Though the movie strays deep and often into saccharine country, the filmmakers treat the characters with more respect than teen protagonists normally get in Hollywood.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 27, 2006
If one is interested in seeing everything that's wrong with movies today -- from cynical marketing to the creative poverty of contemporary screenwriting -- Tucker provides one-stop shopping.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 27, 2006
The performers are a bright bunch.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 27, 2006
One of the unheralded guilty pleasures of inane teen sex comedies comes from watching middle-aged filmmakers haplessly attempt to gauge the pulse of teen America.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2006
Ostensibly, he's been caught dating three pretty girls at the same time, but, really, is that a big deal? Well, no, according to this confused female-disempowerment flick.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 25, 2006
The title's difficult to argue with, unless it's to maintain that we'd all be better off if the film's entire roster of characters had been shot in the head at the dump, greyhound-style.