Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. To the fan of ’80s slashers, this return to glorious excess is a beautiful thing.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    So can Freddy beat up Jason, or what? Let's just say that neither one would have stood a chance against Abbott and Costello.
  3. Succeeds as a guilty pleasure, a monster mash that clobbers the recent lackluster sequels plaguing both legacies. If only that were a higher compliment.
  4. 63
    A surprisingly ambitious entry into a genre that felt bankrupt and over more than a decade ago.
  5. 60
    Visually imaginative and energetic.
  6. Though a stickler might ask what's at stake in a fight to the death between two guys who are already dead, the hard-core fans aren't likely to be disappointed.
  7. Considering what the filmmakers had to work with, and the fact that it has all been done before, Freddy Vs. Jason isn't bad. And sometimes not bad is almost good.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Truth be told, the movie isn't among the worst sequels of this summer.
  9. 50
    Attempts none of the witty, provocative visual and metaphysical set pieces from any of the ''Nightmare'' movies. And it offers none of the real fright of the early ''Friday the 13th'' films. In fact, the movie is deeply, proudly unimaginative.
  10. 50
    The best way to sum up Freddy Vs. Jason is: good concept, mediocre execution.
  11. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Are these iconic, antihero relics smartly satirized in a post-slasher, or is FVJ just more dated, third-wave trash? Disappointingly, it's the latter.
  12. The setup is bad even by slasher-film standards: poorly acted, atrociously written and unimaginatively directed. But once Freddy and Jason have at it, the movie takes on a recklessly kinetic energy that finally delivers on its title's promise.
  13. Tremendous energy, outrageous humor, dazzling technical finesse -- and a numbing amount of violence, brutality, bloodshed and all-out savagery. It is downright depressing to think about all that vigorous cinematic artistry and expertise aimed so low.
  14. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    The basic formula of iconic supernatural beings slaughtering plucky teenagers continues with even more graphic violence.
  15. Doesn't have any of the creepy suspense that graced the first "Friday" movies, and very little of the Daliesque dream imagery of the early "Nightmares." It's just a slam-bang succession of gross-out mutilations, played for giggles.
  16. 40
    The sentimental novelty of watching two childhood antiheroes have at it dissipates once you realize the lugubrious lengths to which the screenplay must go in order to make that happen.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Thomas
    This long-awaited monster mash should satisfy fans of the "Friday the 13th/A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises.
  18. 38
    Despite oblique references to "Psycho" and "Children of the Corn," Freddy vs. Jason lacks the knowing wit needed to keep it afloat in an age when even the horror spoofs have been spoofed.
  19. Reviewed by: Jennie Punter
    Too much chatting, not enough chills.
  20. Since there can be no suspense, the point is to enjoy the hewing of limbs and the severing of necks, to delight in chopped-off fingers and gouged-out eyes. The title characters are embodiments of utter evil, right?
  21. The first "Nightmare on Elm Street" was wickedly surreal, but the wacky dream sequences were offset by the sitcomlike, almost satirical flatness of ordinary suburban life; that was the really scary part. Freddy Vs. Jason is innocent of such nuances.
  22. 30
    Aside from a promising scene involving a cornfield rave and the pyrotechnic potential for grain alcohol, it drags along, taking a small eternity to set up a final showdown that plays more like a bloody pro-wrestling event than the stuff of nightmares.
  23. 30
    This dumb, only intermittently (though sometimes even intentionally) funny sequel presumes that since almost everything else from the 1980's has come back, why not the cynosures of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" movies?
  24. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The Hong Kong vet director, Ronny Yu, did a bang-up job in 1998 with "Bride of Chucky," but he can't do much for this one except keep it moving, light it scarily, and pump that plasma.
  25. Reviewed by: Paul Farhi
    A kind of cinematic analogue of the Iran-Iraq war: It's overlong, it's hard to tell which one's the bad guy, and it's filled with lots of senseless carnage on both sides.
  26. Connoisseurs of giant, gnarled chunks of charred flesh, rejoice! There's plenty of it -- or stuff resembling it -- in the slasher-fest convergence of two killer franchises.
  27. Witless, excessive and ultimately boring gore-a-thon.
  28. 20
    Formulaic hodge-podge that trades on a certain demographic's affection for the bogeymen of their formative years.
  29. 20
    About as threadbare as a favorite childhood plushy. What's more, trying to keep the story line of strained meta-sequel Freddy Vs. Jason straight requires too much of a cogitative investment.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 72
  2. Negative: 11 out of 72
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This Movie is OK its not the best movie to watch
    The Movie Is about Jason vorhees and Freddy Kruger
    Freddy is not powerful enough to kill the children - Teenagers in Elm street so he brings Jason back from the dead to make them fear so when they fear Freddy gets his power back Spoiler Alert: At The End Jason And Freddy Fight To The Death
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  2. Sep 24, 2010
    Freddy Vs Jason is the best horror movie i have ever seen.Not only does it bring back two old killers had awsome movies,but its has over the top gore,strong language and lots of drug use.It`s the best movie of 2003 Full Review »
  3. Sep 8, 2010
    This is a movie that made me say "Huh?" at the end. There's no intestines flying out everywhere, which is saying a lot about today's horror movies. There was a complete lack of scares in this film and the only real blood splatter is when one guy gets decapitated, the entire house gets painted in his blood. It's an alright movie with an alright plot, it was very predictable, but it was a horror movie that really worked at answering the long-awaited question: Freddy or Jason? By the end of the film, you didn't really know the answer but it was cool to see what happens in the climax. Full Review »