Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Antosca
    80
    The difference between “Juno” and Jennifer’s Body, I realized, was that Diablo Cody's disgustingly smug dialogue -- supposedly so winning when spoken by Juno -- is much easier to swallow when it comes from characters who actually are disgustingly smug -- like Jennifer.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    A wicked black comedy with unexpected emotional resonance, one of the most purely pleasurable movies of the year so far.
  3. 75
    It's not art, it's not “Juno,” it's not “Girlfight,” for that matter, but as a movie about a flesh-eating cheerleader, it's better than it has to be.
  4. 70
    The movie deserves -- and is likely to win -- a devoted cult following, despite its flaws.
  5. 63
    Not since Brian De Palma's "Carrie" has a horror movie so effectively exploited the genre as a metaphor for adolescent angst, female sexuality and the strange, sometimes corrosive bonds between girls who claim to be best friends.
  6. 63
    The “Transformers” hottie undergoes her very own transformation here, thanks to satanic possession.
  7. As a horror movie, Jennifer's Body doesn't fully deliver. But as a comic allegory of what it's like to be an adolescent girl who comes into sexual and social power that she doesn't know what the heck to do with, it is a minor classic.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    60
    Fox is fun as a demonic harpy, but sadly the meeting of Hollywood’s two rock’n’roll queens is closer to safe studio product than slash-and-burn envelope-pusher.
  9. The movie has a centerfold sheen to it--and some lesbianic soft-core flirtation to match--as its plot dives deeply into "Twilight"-esque heavy-melo meltdown in the last act. Cody throws one too many losses at Needy; the screenwriter loses her satiric way about halfway through. But for a while, this has real fangs.
  10. 60
    Admittedly, this is the stuff of lurid adolescent distraction, not great cinema. Jennifer's Body is strictly a niche item but provides a goofy, campy bookend to "Drag Me to Hell" on the B-movie shelf. Watch it, forget it, move on.
  11. Performances are for the most part strong, especially Seyfried's, and Kusama uses Fox well, making the most of the actress' blank-eyed arrogance. It's not a performance that suggests a lot of range, but it's fun to watch.
  12. A campy pastiche of horror and high-school movie cliches, the film only rises above standard-issue scare fare by dint of Cody's sneaky sense of humor.
  13. The movie’s partially redeemed by Seyfried, who makes her character more than a repository for audience sympathy. (Her make-out scene with Fox is handled with more suspense and care than anything else in the movie.)
  14. Enjoy the film for its witty dialogue and fun performances, but know that there isn't a single good scare. An episode of "Murder, She Wrote" has more thrills.
  15. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Jennifer's Body is not as hot as you hope it would be.
  16. 50
    The one perfect aspect of Jennifer's Body is its title: No one is going to like this movie for its brain.
  17. You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    50
    Diablo Cody's glib teen-hip dialogue mostly feels like self-conscious splatter over a sorely lackluster scare flick.
  19. Words and story are still the lifeblood of a movie, and Jennifer's Body is filled like a Twinkie with half-fleshed-out ideas.
  20. An attempt to infuse some girl power into their mash-up of cheeky horror films and teen-angst movies. The result is more mash than smash as Jennifer’s Body squanders its initial good will by failing to deliver the goods on either score.
  21. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    This high school horror romp tackles its bad-girl-gone-really-bad premise with eye-rolling obviousness and, fatally, a near-total absence of real scares.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Jennifer’s Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.
  23. 33
    Cody’s script fails in the fundamentals.
  24. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    30
    Overall, though, the flashes of competence just emphasize the extent to which the film has no idea what it's doing.
  25. 25
    Jennifer's Body mixes, matches, and crosses three popular genres: horror, comedy, and teen angst. Unfortunately, it fails at all of them - and "fails" might be too kind a term.
  26. 20
    So contemptuous toward its own characters, and its audience, that it chokes off any visceral thrills it might have offered. The movie substitutes calculation for brains, and the filmmakers seem to think we'll all be too stupid to notice.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    10
    This is the sophomore production from "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody, similarly told through ultra-stylized slangy teen dialogue, which is cool, in theory, in the way it respects the verbal resourcefulness of idle flyover kids, but is excruciating to listen to in actual fact.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 21 out of 59
  1. SarahS
    Sep 27, 2009
    10
    This was advertised as a horror movie. So, I expected to see a clever horror flick. What I got, instead, was much better. "Jennifer's This was advertised as a horror movie. So, I expected to see a clever horror flick. What I got, instead, was much better. "Jennifer's Body" is an incredibly sassy, colorful, tongue-in-cheek, will-be-loved-for-years-to-come film that plays with stereotypes, surprises and shocks its viewers, and best of all, serves as a hilarious metaphor for that narcissistic friend a lot of us had in high school who, we often suspected, was really an evil succubus. Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2012
    6
    Screenplay is not so good. Specific moments are quite enjoyable. But nothing especial in it. Genres are Comedy, Horror. However, I foundScreenplay is not so good. Specific moments are quite enjoyable. But nothing especial in it. Genres are Comedy, Horror. However, I found nothing too horror and nothing too comedy either. Ending of a movie is precious. This film's ending is not so nice. Full Review »
  3. Mar 10, 2012
    8
    The film has an attractive cast, is filmed with striking imagery, basically lives up to its interesting premise, and brings enough wit andThe film has an attractive cast, is filmed with striking imagery, basically lives up to its interesting premise, and brings enough wit and humor to please. Yet, through the whole movie you can't figure out if it is more of a comedy than a horror flick. I give this film 79%. Full Review »