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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Coscarelli junkies won't be bothered by the film's herky-jerky rhythms. Go for the freaky fun of it, though a little soy sauce on the side sure wouldn't hurt. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Every single thing wrong with John Dies at the End might have been avoided had John died at the beginning, along with all the other characters, transforming an awful full-length movie into a harmless five-minute short. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Another is how the film manages, in the absence of a coherent plot, to be so funny and engaging until, somewhere around the midpoint, it goes as flat as a stepped-on creepy-crawly. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    John Dies at the End isn't deep. But it is deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    This is really the kind of movie that was made to be watched in a haze after midnight, at which point it would all, no doubt, make perfect sense. show more

  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A supernatural action comedy that can never live up to its exciting opening scenes, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End mixes horror-tinged mayhem with smart-alec laughs but loses momentum early and gets bogged down in exposition. show more

  • 55
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Coscarelli knows how to exploit horror/sci-fi tropes and adeptly meld a practical effect with a well-timed gag. Many could depict a man's disembodied moustache with the right degree of farcicality, but few can imbue it with such an oddball credibility. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself seriously, and neither should you. show more

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