Metascore
50

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: Marc Savlov
    Aug 18, 2011
    40
    Can this be the end of Death? If only.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Stabs at the dramatic don't amount to anything that makes us care, even for Bell, who has been solid on AMC's "The Walking Dead'' and in the chairlift chiller "Frozen.'' But genre fans who have been thirsting for gore via acupuncture needles or a LASIK machine should get their giddy fill.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Aug 10, 2011
    80
    It's the best 3D horror movie ever made, as much for its superlative technical merits as for its satisfying thrills.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 10, 2011
    50
    They (fans) know what they enjoy. They don't want no damn movies with damn surprises. I am always pleased when moviegoers have a good time; perhaps they will return to a theater and someday see a good movie by accident, and it will start them thinking.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 11, 2011
    50
    If more of the picture had the inventively grotesque payoff of the scene set at the gymnastics tryout, capped by a female character's inarguably poor dismount, we might have something to puke home about.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aug 12, 2011
    75
    In Final Destination 5, Death makes the point yet again that it will not be cheated. And happily for those of us who enjoy the FD series' grotesquely clever premise beyond reason, unfortunate folks still refuse to pay attention, with inventively dire consequences.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Aug 13, 2011
    70
    So tapped into its audience's giddy schadenfreude that beyond a kinkier-than-usual jolt of black humor and some clever red herrings, the formula remains rote.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 11, 2011
    50
    FD 5 did not raise even a single goose bump - which for a movie that bills itself as horror is not a good thing. The camp factor, however, is high and makes the 95 minutes pretty much fly by.
  9. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 11, 2011
    80
    Aside from the showy, overwrought credits sequence, it's silly and self-conscious and still scary as hell.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 12, 2011
    60
    Quale has brought this anemic franchise back to life, with an unexpected infusion of humor and energy.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 12, 2011
    63
    Final Destination 5, which, despite its lowbrow story, turns out to be one of the fastest-moving films of the year, is a suspenseful and macabre exercise in dread for the absurdly cosseted.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 10, 2011
    38
    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.
  13. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 11, 2011
    50
    Director Steven Quale is economical: He ditches plot altogether, delivering instead nothing but set pieces. He does come up with a few genuinely creepy moments of Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few very inventive deaths.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 11, 2011
    25
    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!
  15. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 11, 2011
    75
    Final Destination 5 is irresistible, and the reason it's irresistible is that it speaks to us in the language we all understand, which is fear.
  16. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Aug 11, 2011
    75
    If the series really does end here, may this final installment be hailed as a triumph of poetic justice.
  17. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 10, 2011
    42
    While FD5 is less generic and less facilely goofy and ironic than past series installments, it's still a rote execution of formula that scores its biggest points with self-aware references to its predecessors - including a closing-credits montage of kills from Final Destinations past.
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Periodically, thanks to the 3-D, a long and pointy object emerges from the screen, threatening to impale the viewers through their eyeballs, enhancing the movie's guilty pleasure by reminding us that we, too, are made of vulnerable flesh and bone.
  19. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 10, 2011
    70
    To borrow from TV terminology, the series hasn't jumped the shark yet, but the strain of inventing bizarre deaths is beginning to show.
  20. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 11, 2011
    40
    A new wrinkle in how the killings spool out actually makes the film even more predictable, and the deaths, which tend to be squirmy rather than explosive, are so perfunctory and lazily jokey that they leave a decidedly bad aftertaste.
  21. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 12, 2011
    60
    But you do take the film home with you - to all your own toys - and that's what decent horror is supposed to do.
  22. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 11, 2011
    63
    Even by today's horror standards, Destination has some ghastly scenes. After seeing them, parents may want to reconsider letting their daughters try gymnastics or laser eye surgery.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 11, 2011
    70
    This latest entry in the 11-year-old horror series duly adheres to tradition by providing inventively grisly demises for various characters.
  24. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 18, 2011
    38
    Isn't as novel as it hopes to be, but it gets the job done.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 59
  2. Negative: 11 out of 59
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    6
    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 actuallyFinal 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. Nov 6, 2011
    9
    I've got to say I'm surprisingly impressed with the improvement from the previous movies. Steven Quale did an amazing job lifting up theI've got to say I'm surprisingly impressed with the improvement from the previous movies. Steven Quale did an amazing job lifting up the standard of Final Destination franchise. It was a lot of fun to watch and the bridge collapse scene was amazingly impressive. Some scenes aren't as good as I hope. But I love the more complex plot than standard Final Destination style and am looking forward to having Quale as a direction of Final Destination 6 and 7 as well. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Blood, guts, gore and violence - we all know what we're getting with a movie like Final Destination 5. Even though you have probably heard of this movie long, long ago, and even though you have probably seen one or two of its sequels, Final Destination as a movie franchise has always found a way to bring new viewers into theaters. I saw the trailer for the latest installation, and I was hooked. Is it the lure of death that calls to us? Are we morbid for watching movies like this? Perhaps. But any way you slice it, Final Destination 5 is an adrenalin ride from start to finish. The acting is passable - even laughable at times, and the character development is strictly B movie, but man, oh man, what a B movie. Some of the set pieces are actually pretty compelling - just when you think you know what's going to happen - *WHAMMO!* *SLICE!* *GROAN* Another victim of death is served up on a platter for all to see. There are plenty of "Oh My God" moments in this otherwise predictable movie, and the squeamish will indeed look away - a lot - during the kill scenes. This movie is meant to be fun, and it is fun. The plot is rather silly and contrived, and - let's face it - just an excuse to get to the killing. If you liked Nicholas D'Agosto in "Fired Up", then you'll love him in Final Destination 5. Nicholas plays it straight as Sam, and he even has a love interest, but you know what happens to EVERYONE sooner or later - they all die! The hook or deus ex machina for FD 5 is the clever way the characters try to cheat death - again. For a fleeting moment, even the audience is convinced it will work... But if it did, we would not have much of a movie! The deaths keep coming right up to the movie's end. Speaking of the end, could this be the end of the series? During the final scene, as a young man is escorted screaming from an airplane, my buddy shouted, "It's a prequel!" Sure enough, as the credits rolled, the entire series was flash-forwarded in gruesome scene after gruesome scene. The end... for now.

    - Chipper F. Xavier, Esq.
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