Critics Consensus

Valentine is basically a formulaic throwback to conventional pre-Scream slasher flicks. Critics say it doesn't offer enough suspense or scares to justify its addition to the genre.



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The novel of the same name by author Tom Savage becomes this horror film starring Marley Shelton as Kate Davies. Kate's in a troubled relationship with journalist Adam Carr (David Boreanaz), a problem drinker, but she receives support from her best friends, the same four girls she's known since grade school: Paige Prescott (Denise Richards), Dorothy Wheeler (Jessica Capshaw), Lily Voight (Jessica Cauffel), and Shelly Fisher (Katherine Heigl). When Shelly is murdered and the other girls begin receiving gruesome Valentine's Day cards signed "JM," they begin to speculate that the killer could be an awkward schoolmate named Jeremy Melton, whom they once teased mercilessly at a school dance, leading to his beating and humiliation. Dorothy in particular is afraid that a false accusation she made against Jeremy might be causing him to seek bloody retribution, but the macho detective (Fulvio Cecere) assigned to investigate Shelly's murder has some other suspects in mind. As the body count is racked up and Dorothy's lavish Valentine's Day party approaches, Kate begins to suspect that the true identity of Jeremy, who likely underwent plastic surgery to alter his appearance, could hit very close to home. Valentine is the second slasher flick from Urban Legend (1998) director Jamie Blanks.


Denise Richards
as Paige Prescott
David Boreanaz
as Adam Carr
Marley Shelton
as Kate Davies
Jessica Capshaw
as Dorothy Wheeler
Daniel Cosgrove
as Campbell Morris
Jessica Cauffiel
as Lily Voight
Katherine Heigl
as Shelley Fisher
Fulvio Cecere
as Det. Vaughn
Wyatt Page
as Frank Wheeler
Benita Ha
as Kim Wheeler
Claude Duhamel
as Gary Taylor
Chelsea Florko
as Young Lily
Basia Antos
as Video Woman No. 1
Sarah Mjanes
as Young Shelley
Brittany Mayers
as Young Kate
Kate Logie
as Young Dorothy
Chelcie Burgart
as Young Paige
Haig Sutherland
as Bookish Guy
G. Patrick Currie
as Religious Guy
Karina Carreck
as Gallery Employee
Aaron Dudley
as Video Man No. 1
Dalias Blake
as Video Man No. 2
Chris Webb
as Video Man No. 3
Carla Boudreau
as Video Woman No. 2
Vanessa Volker
as Video Woman No. 3
Sterling McKay
as Joe Tulga
Noel Fisher
as Tulga Gang Member No. 1
Cody Serpa
as Tulga Gang Member No. 2
Mark Mullan
as Tulga Gang Member No. 3
Tyler Vradenburg
as Med Student
Marshall Virtue
as Killer (uncredited)
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  • Aug 28, 2013
    It's actually not entirely bad, it did manage to have some memorable moments but the plot was way too formulaic, cliche to the extreme. It is however, somewhat better than most slasher films these days. Valentine may be watched but soon forgotten about.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    An explicitly bad film. It's under the mystery & suspense / horror category, but trust, me the film lacks much of either. Just some soft expected gore here and there. I had no interest the first time I watched through this film, and I had no interest the second either. There is no captivating plot, suspense, or anything. It is a mindless film that fails to follow even the most basic of formulas. Don't watch this.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    I really enjoyed this one. I thought the antagonist was creepy, and some death scenes were pretty clever as well. But the problem is that it tries TOO much to be like "Scream" or "I Know What You Did Last Summer," that it just makes it look like a major rip-off. It was also very slow-paced, especially towards the middle. But i still liked it and thought it was a pretty neat slasher flick.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2011
    Valentine owes everything it has to the 80's slasher film formula; this movie follows the exact same path as the countless others that set out before it. That wouldn't be such a bad thing had the movie been half way decent, but everything about this movie just seems so temporary on the pop culture scale. A lot of the people that I talk to about horror movies forgot that this film even exists. Has the memory of Valentine been swept away with the newer generations? The movie didn't come out that long ago. It's really bizarre. Talking about forgotten generations, the soundtrack to the movie is the first thing I noticed. Listen to this line-up: Orgy, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Static-X, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson. Let the soundtrack serve as the catalyst for the movie. Like I said above the movie uses the 80's slasher premise to get its point across, and as it is executed here it is awfully predictable and a tad bit confusing. You have a kid who gets bullied in school by the bitchiest group of girls ever known to mankind. 15 years later or so, the girls start dropping off one by one. David Boreanaz, gives a bad performance as a recovering alcoholic boyfriend to the main character, and here is a spoiler for ya... he slips off the wagon. Oh, and a young, chubby, Katherine Heigl is in about 7 minuets of the movie. Forgettable, poorly acted, horribly written, and overly predictable, this movie couldn't possibly be saved by anything, could it? Well the killer was pretty fun looking and brutal to boot, but that's about it; far from salvaged. I can't give this movie a score over 4 and feel like a decent human being so that's what it's getting. Suggested viewing: Hatchet (2008) - Adam Green (This movie uses the same premise with a better coating. It also has Katherine Heigl in it.) Rating: 4 of 10 Favorite Quote: You look great, Kate. How about a date, Kate? You could be my mate, Kate. S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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