Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    A slumber-party classic that belongs on the same shelf as "Bring It On" and "10 Things I Hate About You." This high-school comedy should do for its 20-year-old star, Brittany Snow, what those movies did for Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles.
  2. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Surprisingly entertaining, if less than original.
  3. Betty Thomas, directing a script by TV veteran Jeff Lowell, seems uncertain whether to sympathize with her three heroines or with the title cad, but there's something mildly charming about this cheerful revenge comedy's lack of any straightforward moral agenda.
  4. What it does have is the laughs.
  5. 63
    A briskly-paced, refreshing kick in this season of draggy, two-hour-plus movies. The film is smarter and funnier than its trailers indicate, and, as a bonus, there are no superheroes, pirates or Wilson brothers to be found.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Taylor
    Although mixing teen humor with sentiment will never be done as well as in "American Pie," John Tucker Must Die has just enough heart to entertain the "MySpace" set.
  7. 60
    The performers are a bright bunch, especially Snow (even if she's no sane person’s idea of a wallflower), Metcalfe, who has the cocksure swagger of a young Travolta, and McCarthy, who infuses her few scenes with a haggard dignity masquerading as optimism.
  8. 50
    Revenge movies often end with the message that vengeance is empty and futile, but it's never encouraging when revenge seems pointless from the start.
  9. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Reasonably entertaining.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Penn Badgley is wildly charismatic in the role of John Tucker's younger brother. The entire picture could hang on his cheekbones alone. If only Mr. Metcalfe shared his talents.
  11. The film lacks the nerve for any genuinely nasty fun or comic bite.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The movie starts out cleverly enough but grows insipid as the girls' antics become more predictable.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Predictable developments are more or less redeemed by spirited execution and the pleasures of an able, good-looking cast.
  14. 50
    The movie is as inconsequentially pleasant as its star, and far nicer than the title lets on, too.
  15. Something to see and occasionally even to laugh at.
  16. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Too cute by half, the high school comedy John Tucker Must Die is just so likable, so, um, cute - in that helpless-bunny-wabbit sort of way - that to diss it would be to admit being a heartless, cynical Bambi-killer.
  17. Every woman falls for the wrong guy at least once in her life. This week, it's Betty Thomas' turn.
  18. Getting worked up about John Tucker Must Die is a bit like getting worked up about the taste of flan.
  19. Lame and unconvincing teen comedy.
  20. 40
    But despite doing its best to jiggle, giggle and ogle its way into a niche somewhere between "Heathers" and "American Pie," it becomes just another forgettable pastiche of sight gags and pop-culture references.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Its storyline is very predictable and cliché but teen girls will no doubt have a good time with this movie anyway.
  22. 40
    John Tucker Must Die will undoubtedly fade into obscurity like so many silly and sentimental teen comedies before it.
  23. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    A load of formulaic nonsense that should still turn a few young heads thanks to its fantasy plot and Jesse Metcalfe's chest
  24. 38
    John Tucker Must Die is toothless. The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
  25. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    Astonishingly (and offensively), the witless ending comes down harder on the women than the cad.
  26. Whatever the target demographic was in the pre-production phase, now it's limited to sexually active 14-year-olds still retaking the sixth grade.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    OK, let me say this... John Tucker is no prize, neither is the guy who played him. They could have done so much more and found 1000 betterOK, let me say this... John Tucker is no prize, neither is the guy who played him. They could have done so much more and found 1000 better actors to play him. It wasn't a bad movie. It would have been better had the actors actually been high school students and not mid-late 20s actors/actresses. The story was simple, the acting was decent, and it had its funny moment, I defiantly loved your fashion sense John haha. It's worth checking out, but far from Oscar worthy. Full Review »
  2. Dec 2, 2011
    Bottom Line: This film is dumb. D-U-M-B, dumb.

    There are three aspects to a comedy that should immediately tell you itâ
  3. Mar 8, 2011
    In truth, not a bad movie. However, I agree with people who have said it is trying to be too much like Mean Girls. The plot was somewhatIn truth, not a bad movie. However, I agree with people who have said it is trying to be too much like Mean Girls. The plot was somewhat predictable in the fact that you knew what was going to happen with Kate and Tucker. Despite the predictable elements, the script is well written and the film on the whole isn't TOO bad. Full Review »