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: A.O. Scott
    Jan 31, 2013
    80
    It lays waste to linear narration, thematic coherence, psychological plausibility and just about everything else you might expect to encounter. It zigs, zags and trips over its own feet and on its own home-brewed hallucinogens. It's a ridiculous, preposterous, sometimes maddening experience, but also kind of a blast.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 25, 2013
    80
    Is this an "indie" film with a deliberately messed-up chronology and an ambitious narrative you'll appreciate even more the second time through? Yes. Is this a deliberately trashy horror-comedy with a few decent jolts and several big laughs, best viewed with a gang of friends and a consciousness-altering agent of your choosing, parasitical or not? That too.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jan 24, 2013
    80
    A gleefully crummy buddy comedy that uses horror-movie conventions as catapults to hurl the audience down one "whoa, dude!" narrative wormhole after another.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jan 9, 2013
    80
    Give or take the titular disclosure, John Dies at the End is a thoroughly unpredictable horror-comedy -- and an immensely entertaining one, too.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    75
    John Dies at the End is easily funnier than it is scary, and much like the drug at the center of the story, it offers one hell of a trip.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 7, 2013
    75
    Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 7, 2013
    75
    John Dies at the End isn't deep. But it is deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.
  8. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jan 9, 2013
    75
    It's a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin's surreal, completely disorienting world.
  9. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 14, 2013
    63
    Despite its astronomical body count, John Dies at the End never takes itself seriously, and neither should you.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 21, 2013
    63
    This loopy slacker horror farce is so intent on playing with your head — and time, and space, and paranoid conspiracy theories — that it doesn’t care about making sense. Which doesn’t stop the film from being a pretty good bad time.
  11. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Feb 7, 2013
    63
    Coscarelli knows how to exploit horror/sci-fi tropes and adeptly meld a practical effect with a well-timed gag. Many could depict a man's disembodied moustache with the right degree of farcicality, but few can imbue it with such an oddball credibility.
  12. 63
    Before it trips over its own overly complex plot, before the comic leads have exhausted their modestly amusing repertoires, this odd stoner/sci fi creature feature blows out of the gate and threatens - for about thirty minutes - to blow your mind. Then it doesn't.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 25, 2013
    63
    Coscarelli junkies won't be bothered by the film's herky-jerky rhythms. Go for the freaky fun of it, though a little soy sauce on the side sure wouldn't hurt.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 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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