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John Dies at the End

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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 60%
Critics' score: 60   Audience score: 56   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

I stopped taking notes when the woman disintegrated into a ball of writhing snakes. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

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

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Director Don Coscarelli isn't especially smooth or coherent, and he leans on weird for weird's sake. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

How can a single movie contain all this awesome craziness? full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

[It] eventually finds its own rhythm and meaningful chaos. full review

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

Nobody cares about John. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Salvador Dali meets George Romero. Say hello. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"John Dies at the End" dies closer to the beginning, before writer-director Don Coscarelli's adaptation of the book of the same name has reached minute 20. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

What Coscarelli's achieved doesn't feel like an adaptation. It feels more like he seems he skimmed the source material, burned it, and then assembled a vague recollection on film after three days of untold indulgences. full review

Charlie Schmidlin, Chicago Sun-Times

"John Dies at the End" thinks it's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for dudes. But in its randomness, its vulgarity and its level of humor, it's more like the collected writings on the walls of a roadside men's room. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

It zigs, zags and trips over its own feet and on its own home-brewed hallucinogens. It's a ridiculous, preposterous, sometimes maddening experience, but also kind of a blast. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

A movie so brazenly off-kilter that I'm not entirely sure its title is even accurate. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

The "wackiness" (scare quotes included) is mostly ceaseless and tiresome, from the ravenous zombie neo-Nazi that leads things off to the Galaxy Quest rejects that figure in the movie's annoyingly anticlimactic finale. full review

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

It's the ultimate in spoiler titles. And this stoner Ghostbusters, an altered state disguised as a movie, may also add up to a hot cult item if silliness doesn't sabotage the scares full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

What may be the most freewheeling and imaginative film of Coscarelli's checkered career, loaded with tripped-out mood and nicely balanced between humor, horror and an underlay of genuine sweetness. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

John lives in a frisky otherworld of willful incoherence all its own. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

John Dies at the End is joyously heterodox in its method, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink melange of sci-fi, black comedy, and action, with disquieting body-horror sight gags that at times recall David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

A shaggy-dog story with restless leg syndrome. full review

Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

When you're having great fun at a movie and suddenly you're not, where's the fun? full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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. full review

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