Critics Consensus

Tusk is pleasantly ridiculous and charmingly self-deprecating, but that isn't enough to compensate for its thin, overstretched story.



Total Count: 130


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Red State director Kevin Smith takes the helm for this horror film starring Justin Long as a podcaster who is targeted by a sadistic killer while attempting to land an interview with a misanthropic adventurer (Michael Parks). Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Justin Long
as Wallace Bryton
Haley Joel Osment
as Teddy Craft
Michael Parks
as Howard Howe
Johnny Depp
as Guy Lapointe
Ralph Garman
as Frank Garmin
Harley Morenstein
as Border Agent
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
as Gimli Slider Waitress
Harley Quinn Smith
as Girl Clerk #1
Lily-Rose Depp
as Girl Clerk #2
Ashley Greene
as Convenience Store Customer
Zak Knutson
as Ernest Hemingway
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Critic Reviews for Tusk

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Audience Reviews for Tusk

  • Jan 09, 2016
    I've been somewhat ambivalent about most of Smith's career but I love the fact that he's going down this increasingly bizarre and unexpected road. This movie obviously isn't going to work for everyone, but I honestly knew I wouldn't care how bad it was, I just had to see it. And really, it's not that bad. It's too comically bizarre to be bad.
    Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2015
    It's a good idea but handled shoddily, then Johnny Depp turns up and manages to make everything even worse.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2015
    If this film accomplished anything, it's allowing me to gain the self control I never had to not punch the screen (mostly Justin Long's face). Tusk is a disastrous film that bears nothing worth while for the duration of the entire film. It has one of the corniest stories I've ever seen, all the characters are unredeemably repulsive, the dialogues were likely written by a 5 year old, the acting was even worse to begin with, I don't know how Smith even allowed this film to be released at all. Smith never fails to disgust me as a self proclaimed film director.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2015
    "Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?" Though it's not a good movie, Tusk proves to be the best film Kevin Smith has made in years. It's insanely bizarre and horrific, but oddly captivating in a strange sort of way. The story follows a podcaster named Wallace who answers an ad by an elderly man wishing to trade stories of his exotic travels, but he turns out to be a serial killer who captures Wallace and begins to surgically transform him into a walrus. Both Michael Parks and Justin Long give incredible performances and really commit to their roles. The problem is with Smith's storytelling and directing, which is inconsistent. And the ending doesn't really work. Yet despite its weaknesses, Tusk is a fascinating horror-comedy that's perversely entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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