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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48

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  1. Jul 11, 2012
    10
    This is one of my all time favorite films. From the subtle horror to the warm and genuine relationship that the two main characters develop this movie has more heart in it then just about anything you see today. Many think it's a horror film about about a mummy but the real horror is just what we as a society do to our older generations. Fantastic film.
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    9
    Bubba Ho-Tep is as good as B-movies get. What's not to like about the always wonderful Bruce Campbell as Elvis teaming with a black JFK to battle a mummy? Great performances, some suprisingly touching dramatic moments, and hilarious all the way through. Highly recommended.
  3. Sep 30, 2012
    8
    Considering the title, you'd expect the film to truly bloody awful. In fact, it's weird, wonderful, funny and surprisingly tender. Bubba Ho-tep is the best, and only film about an elderly Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) defending his retirement home from an Egyptian mummy wearing a stetson, with a little help from a black JFK (Ossie Davis). The first half of the film is well-paced, funnyConsidering the title, you'd expect the film to truly bloody awful. In fact, it's weird, wonderful, funny and surprisingly tender. Bubba Ho-tep is the best, and only film about an elderly Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) defending his retirement home from an Egyptian mummy wearing a stetson, with a little help from a black JFK (Ossie Davis). The first half of the film is well-paced, funny and rather deep and emotionally compelling for a film with such a seemingly lowbrow premise. Campbell is absolutely captivating as The King, who swapped lives with an impersonator (who was the one who eventually died on the toilet) to escape the increasingly suffocating attention of his fans. He lives out his twilight years in obscurity, regret and extreme depression in an isolated nursing home in Texas, until something odd begins to happen. The film explores mortality and memory in an unexpectedly intelligent and sensitive way (it's ultimately left to the viewer to decide whether Campbell's character is really Elvis or just some old codger with mental health problems), but at the same time it's not above the odd crude joke and some brilliantly trashy comic horror set pieces. The final few minutes of the film are admittedly a bit of a drag, and are appear to have been put together rather hastily, but you'll hardly care when you've had such a good time throughout. Bubba Ho-tep is a superb, surprisingly clever and heartfelt A-quality B-Movie, with Bruce Campbell's best performance outside his Sam Raimi collaborations. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2013
    8
    Elvis vs The Mummy.

    This movie couldn't be any more B-list horror movie if it tried. The acting is average, the plot is absurd and utterly unbelievable and the effects are average at best. Yet, like anything with Campbell in it, it has a certain charm to it. As absurd as it might be, this movie is allot of fun and works better as a comedy than as a horror. Overall: You go into
    Elvis vs The Mummy.

    This movie couldn't be any more B-list horror movie if it tried. The acting is average, the plot is absurd and utterly unbelievable and the effects are average at best. Yet, like anything with Campbell in it, it has a certain charm to it.

    As absurd as it might be, this movie is allot of fun and works better as a comedy than as a horror.

    Overall:
    You go into this movie expecting it to be bad. The name and the premise should be enough of a clue. Yet, low expectations do have a way of making something bad seem good. And in this case, that is exactly what it it. This is a fun enjoyable crap movie (if that makes any sense.)
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Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    100
    I loved this film; from the opening “Ben-Hur” nod to the hieroglyph subtitles, it's simultaneously hilarious and poignant, with great performances.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hunter
    80
    A zinger-filled crowd-pleaser that open-minded Elvis fans (but by no means all) will have fun with.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Mismatched marriage of offbeat character study and unimaginative horror riffs. Most compelling element by far is Bruce Campbell's inspired performance as a nursing home patient who insists he is the real Elvis Presley.