Metascore
15

Overwhelming dislike - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. 50
    Pesci has a lot of scenes that strike just the right note.
  2. Especially fine are Spade and Louiso, the latter possessing a quality of injured integrity that is priceless here.
  3. 63
    Expectedly lowbrow and grotesque, but there are some truly inspired moments.
  4. So stupid you'll wish you'd brought a duffel bag of your own.
  5. Fewer heads in the film and more evidence of one on the director's shoulders might have squeezed a legitimate laugh or two out of this contrived juvenile carnage.
  6. Exactly what the title implies: mindless.
  7. 20
    An excruciatingly unfunny comedy.
  8. 0
    Packs all the spine-tingling punch of a soggy bag of mulch.
  9. 40
    Pesci proves he can act his way through anything.
  10. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    30
    Spade is tiresome in yet another smart-ass part.
  11. The heads may be dead, but at least they have a comical look.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    10
    Appears to have been made by people with nothing between their ears.
  13. 0
    Zany antics of the most painful sort.
  14. 0
    Sheer torture, the very definition of unfunniness itself.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    20
    One such feeble miscue that can't be saved by the star power of Joe Pesci and David Spade.
  16. Aims for dark farce but ends up playing more like Weekend at Bernie's Part VIII. [25 Apr 1997, p. 50]
  17. Consistently inventive...Comeau comes across likably.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Aug 20, 2014
    0
    8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is one of those movies that is so awful you wonder how it ever got made. The script is so bad that no character can ever say the right thing at the right time, and no character can ever explain themselves correctly. The screenplay is laughable, and the whole movie seems like a 10 minute SNL skit that ran 90 minutes too long. Don't be fooled by Joe Pesci as the main billing; he's not the most important part of the movie. Full Review »
  2. Joe
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    I am astonished that a film of this caliber, was not nominated for an academy award. Anything with joe pesci is golden. It's a shame to see this movie fail the way it did. If you haven't seen it yet, see it now! Full Review »