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  • Summary: After having the worst day of his life, Michael (Ryan Hansen), finds himself fired from his dream job and ditched by his best friend Joel (Zach McGowan). Wounded and vengeful, with nothing more to lose than his own inflated ego, Michael does what any social media-obsessed loner would do: he fakes his death online. Why? To find out which of his so-called "friends" will show up at his funeral, of course! But what begins as a simple litmus test for friendship, combusts into a nuclear meltdown, leaving Michael to contain the fallout. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 6 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 1, 2014
    63
    The story’s message may not be the most original one in the world — put down your device and make eye contact — but it’s fun to watch it unfold in a world that, while far from realistic, feels real enough.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 1, 2014
    38
    This plays like a live-action cartoon where you root for nobody. Everyone seems to think that yelling their lines will make the dialogue funnier. It doesn’t.
  3. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 29, 2014
    30
    You can sense the director, Sarah Smick, gearing up to make a point. It proves rather obvious: Real connections are meaningful and too much Facebook is bad. But isn't the real problem more insidious?
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 1, 2014
    30
    Only during the movie's sweet epilogue do we get a sense of what Friended could have been had the filmmakers taken a smarter, gentler, more human approach.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 1, 2014
    20
    Michael (Hansen) fakes his death and announces it online, solely so he can see who shows up at his funeral. His plans only grow more dimwitted from there.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    May 1, 2014
    20
    Constant close-ups give the sense that the movie itself is violating viewers’ personal space, while an earnest moral suggests that online communication can’t substitute for face-to-face interaction: a topic Friended to Death doesn’t seem to know much about.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 29, 2014
    10
    It’s a wafer-thin, poorly plotted, insufferable comedy about a jerky guy who’s swapped actual human interaction for Facebook likes. People like this exist, and their stories should be told, but it would be wise to scroll past this version.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. May 10, 2014
    1
    Friended to Death is nothing impressive, it is trying to deliver messages about friendship that we already know, other small comedies succeed in making you laugh, however you are going to have a hard time getting into this because the character is a jerk at best, I can really understand why everybody hates this douche. The acting is mediocre, the screenplay is filled with internet language that half of the grown ups won't understand, so what are trying to tell us through this 90 minutes of desperately unfunny dialogue, with characters that are just unnecessary, so beside trying, does it deserve any credit? Originality anyone? Filled with cliches! Expand

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