John Dies at the End

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: James White
    Mar 18, 2013
    60
    Gonzo freakiness in such doses that cult status is practically ensured.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 31, 2013
    60
    This is really the kind of movie that was made to be watched in a haze after midnight, at which point it would all, no doubt, make perfect sense.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Flaked with offbeat witticisms, cheese ball effects and fanboy splatter gore, the surreal John Dies at the End has the vibe of a shaggy dog story, which works both for and against it.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jan 24, 2013
    55
    Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    Another is how the film manages, in the absence of a coherent plot, to be so funny and engaging until, somewhere around the midpoint, it goes as flat as a stepped-on creepy-crawly.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 24, 2013
    50
    Coscarelli's screenplay introduces an abundance of intriguing concepts but never goes very far with any of them. The characters are paper thin and the special effects are laughably bad.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 9, 2013
    50
    A supernatural action comedy that can never live up to its exciting opening scenes, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End mixes horror-tinged mayhem with smart-alec laughs but loses momentum early and gets bogged down in exposition.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Apr 28, 2013
    3
    Interesting premise but a huge let down. There are a few moments that are kind of fun, but half the time you are like how is that happeningInteresting premise but a huge let down. There are a few moments that are kind of fun, but half the time you are like how is that happening and that and then that. Things just get stupid and pointless. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2015
    8
    John Dies at the End is one of those delightfully weird movies. Yes, it lacks here and there in various aspects (e.g. plot) but none of thatJohn Dies at the End is one of those delightfully weird movies. Yes, it lacks here and there in various aspects (e.g. plot) but none of that detracts from the fun. While I found it to be a notch below classics such as Repo Man, still it is undeniably a good time. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    5
    "John Dies at the End" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Mediocre) ...

    The Good: Starts out darkly amusing and entertaining, with snappy and witty
    "John Dies at the End" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Mediocre) ...

    The Good: Starts out darkly amusing and entertaining, with snappy and witty dialogue that will elicit a chuckle or two. Solid ending that redeems the film somewhat.

    The Bad: Goes way WAY off the tracks and ends up all over the place. It will no doubt end up a cult classic, but the absurdity becomes a little too much for my tastes.
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