Metascore
17

Overwhelming dislike - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 9 out of 12
  1. Without the gore, this old school slasher rehash is one anemic bore.
  2. 50
    Formulaic to the core, this reworking of the fondly remembered high-school slasher picture works surprisingly well on its own terms.
  3. 25
    Despite having the same title and a similar premise to a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis flick (kids getting slaughtered on prom night), this is NOT a remake. In fact, it really doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically "The O.C." with a body count.
  4. 12
    When Jamie Lee Curtis ran from a killer in 1980's "Prom Night," she was 22 and had a unique gift for belting out fear. She was the Beverly Sills of slasher flicks. That "Prom Night" was dumb, but it wasn't insulting in the way this remake is.
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    0
    A bland, timid and thoroughly un-thrilling teen thriller.
  6. 0
    A nearly bloodless slasher film with fewer surprises than a broken jack-in-the-box.
  7. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    25
    Viewers' own evenings, meanwhile, will likely be ruined by unimaginative direction, inane dialogue, and Schaech's passing resemblance to Forrest Gump.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller that soft-pedals graphic violence (in marked contrast to the R-rated 1980 original) while generating a fair degree of suspense.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    This is as listless, mindless and utterly useless a piece of corporate brain-clog as one is likely to come across for quite some time.
  10. 20
    McCormick and screenwriter J.S. Cardone don’t have one original thought between them, but they do appear to share an obsession with characters opening hotel-room closets in which the steel hangers gleam ominously.
  11. The movie offers less gore than the average Band-Aid commercial and fewer scares than the elimination episodes of "Dancing With the Stars."
  12. 16
    There's really nothing much to Prom Night: No twists, no atmosphere, no big Grand Guignol setpieces, not a single moment when it tries to do something novel with the event, the killings, the villain, or the victims. It's a little like going on a tour of the slaughterhouse, where death is meted out with mechanical regularity, but visitors are kept at a safe, PG-13 distance from all the butchering.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 206 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 44
  2. Negative: 27 out of 44
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    5
    A movie to hang out with your friends ... has an unoriginal plot and the movie gets a bit boring as move through the movie. The only thing I liked about the movie was how well acted the protagonist. Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2012
    10
    This Is A Really Scary Movie!
    Good Writing, And Good Acting I'm Not Sure What's So Bad About This Movie??
  3. Nov 19, 2010
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Degrades from a terrible mess to a terrible, useless pile of complete and utter dog poo where the most beautiful, most promising woman dies first, a 30-year-old madman kills a dozen people without so much as breaking a sweat, and the lead spends half the movie under a bed. Half an hour in, youâ Full Review »