Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 18, 2011
    Isn't as novel as it hopes to be, but it gets the job done.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 10, 2011
    This isn't the worst of the bunch, not by far. But my premonition is this won't be the finale this series has screamed out for these past few years. This decapitation train never seems to reach its destination.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 11, 2011
    The cheap thrills wear off way fast, and we're left with atrocious acting, feeble writing and clueless directing (from first-timer Steven Quale). The horror! The horror!
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 141 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 55
  2. Negative: 11 out of 55
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    Final Destination 5 is quite a bit of a mixed bag. There are elements present that suggest that it should be a better movie than it actually is, but looking at each of the series' sequels, it's quite an accomplishment that this one manages to be as good as it is. The opening premonition (a bridge collapsing, if, for some reason, you don't already know) is easily the best sequence of any of the five Final Destinations. It's an amazing technological accomplishment that manages to create a palpable sense of dread; though you know the it's-only-a-premonition gotcha! is right around the corner, tension yields to pure fear as the bridge crumbles away in three dimensions. If you're an adrenaline junkie, this scene alone is well worth the admittedly bloated price of admission. The rest of the film doesn't live up to this sequence, but there are moments when the filmmakers know how to get under your skin, such as the well-advertised trapped-in-a-Lasik-chair and screw-on-a-balance-beam scenes. It's unlikely that you'll be able to guess the outcomes of the over-elaborate but still bizarrely jarring deathtraps the characters find themselves in. Much has been said about this entry's use of characterization, which, following every sequel, is understandable. Let's simply say that there *is* characterization. The characters are somewhat bland, but occasionally funny. The actors are all right, but wooden lines of dialogue (the ones that have been heard in each Final Destination film) still sound stilted. If nothing else, they convey full ranges of fear and terror, two emotions that likely won't serve them outside of the horror genre. The film includes some plot twists, but does little of interest with them; if you have seen the trailer, you know of one, and if you pay attention, the second one is frustratingly easy to guess. In the end, there's fun to be had here, but as a good number of the critic's reviews will tell you, you probably know whether you want to see Final Destination 5 or not. (A little forewarning to those who, like me, pick up on certain details: when the bridge collapses "for real," it collapses differently than in the premonition, which would, theoretically, change the order the characters "should" have died. The filmmakers don't make any use of this, so don't expect any curveballs of that sort. You can probably just regard it as what looks like a very expensive continuity error.) Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2011
    This movie is only for fans, and it takes back the best of the franchise with a new little twist. The 3D it's a must see, because many scenes were made thinking on it. It shows. Full Review »
  3. Aug 13, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The movie was honestly boring the whole bridge scenario was too similar to FD2 with the whole freeway thing. and the cast was ok. not all that. Some kills are LAUGHABLE!!! the way a gymnast girl dies is so unbelievably stupid!!!! and many things were so cliched! this movie is just for the money there isn't really a story to it and its unnecessary. The ending has a TWIST though. it shows that FD5 actually takes place in the beginning of FINAL DESTINATION 1... which doesn't make much sense because The "coroner" tells everyone to be careful because he's seen the whole cheating death scenario, and you'll eventually die! yet if THIS movie takes place BEFORE FD1. HOW DOES THE CORONER KNOW EVERYTHING HE DOES?!?!? hmm maybe a mistake? or SOME TWILIGHT ZONE SHI+ GOING ON!!! /////// overall its ok, the film is laughable, not scary but its somewhat of a good time if you don't have anything better to do! than waste 15 dollars! GO SEE RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!!! OR 30 MINUTES OR LESS! Full Review »