The Frighteners Reviews

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June 14, 2018
There's not a boring moment in the film and almost every single scene adds new layers to the film's multiple mysteries.
August 23, 2017
[Michael J.] Fox seems to be trying to get hip in the movies, and he's lost his way here.
December 15, 2010
Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.
March 26, 2009
Story was originally conceived as an episode of "Tales From the Crypt," and that is perhaps what it should have remained, as the thinness of the conceit shows throughout, painfully so in the first half.
January 26, 2006
At times the relentless special effects and tangled plotting veer towards visual and narrative overkill, but the final tonal swerve is shocking and effective.
January 23, 2006
Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character.
December 4, 2003
It actually works up till its last few minutes.
November 7, 2003
July 14, 2003
An incredibly underrated scare-comedy from Peter Jackson that deserves a much wider audience.
May 20, 2003
The actors can't keep the film's mood from verging on hysteria as the story roams all over the map. "The Frighteners" has flitted everywhere, even to heaven and hell, before it's over.
March 18, 2003
Quirky Peter Jackson film that's half comedy and half horror/gore-fest. Mostly enjoyable results, although Fox a bit miscast.
March 7, 2003
Woulda been five stars, but the cop-out ending smacks of the test-screening process.
February 21, 2003
December 26, 2002
The talented director of "Heavenly Creatures" has pulled together a film that wants to be everything to everyone simultaneously.
June 5, 2002
"The Frighteners" does have a zesty pace and some cool effects, and those unfamiliar with Jackson's work may find something to love.
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April 12, 2002
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April 17, 2001
Full of special effects, but still strangely 'indie', the movie has a unique sensibility ...
February 27, 2001
February 14, 2001
Fortunately director Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing.
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