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Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 75
    A cheerfully trashy, dead-on spoof of the B-movie genre, boasts the kind of cheese-tastic effects, overcooked dialogue and rigid performances that would make Ed Wood proud.
  2. Delivers laughs most of the way through.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Given that the B-to-Z movies parodied in Cadavra were funny to begin with, it begs the question as to why writer-director-star Larry Blamire and company bothered. I think they’re not so much nostalgic for this type of movie as they are for the kind of laughter it provoked.
  4. Inspired, inventive and funnier than it has a right to be, Larry Blamire's loopy spoof of 1950s bargain-basement sci-fi and horror knock-offs gets it right where so many well-meaning efforts go wrong.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Affectionate spoof merits appreciation as a not-so-dumb salute to another era's ultra-dumb genre conventions.
  6. A parody of B-movies stupid enough -- and yet with just enough brains -- to appeal to the most discriminating fans of the genre.
  7. 63
    A terrifyingly cheap-looking B-movie comedy mocking terrifyingly cheap-looking science-fiction B-movies. As such things go, this one has its moments.
  8. Writer-director Larry Blamire has clearly done his homework, and his playful cast nails the requisite acting-so-bad-it's-good pitch.
  9. 60
    A pitch-perfect parody of poverty row horror/sci-fi pictures of the 1950s, Larry Blamire's meticulous takeoff could easily be taken for the real thing, which is both its genius and its Achilles heel.
  10. 60
    Skeleton may be 100 percent cult-in-a-can, but aficionados should feel sated. All others are advised to bring copious amounts of controlled substances.
  11. The skeleton's a hoot, and the score, credited to the solo-monikered Valentino, is pitch-perfect. Some judicious editing would make a huge improvement, however, because even at 90 minutes, it feels like Blamire's stretching the joke a bit thin.
  12. As deliberately silly as the film is, it is very knowing and carefully thought out.
  13. Intended as a parody of B-movie fantasies from the '50s, this satire more directly lampoons kiddie thrillers like "Captain Video," putting it perilously close to the pop-culture trash it aims to mock.
  14. The Lost Skeleton also reminds you that real filmmaking -- the illusion of one event following another -- is actually a skill.
  15. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    40
    A spot-on homage/parody of bad 1950's sci-fi movies.
  16. 40
    It’s amusing, but it also eventually becomes tedious, like a comedy sketch that milks a good joke just a little too long.
  17. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    One of the deadliest things I've ever sat through and which doesn't display someone's strange mind--only someone's predilection for sniggery camp.
  18. 38
    The photography, the dialogue, the acting, the script, the special effects and especially the props (such as a spaceship that looks like it would get a D in shop class) are all deliberately bad in the way that such films were bad when they were REALLY being made.
  19. Like all B-movies (or in this case, pseudo B-movies), "Skeleton" contains sparkling moments of promise and camp performance.
  20. 30
    Works just fine for the first half hour or so, but quickly devolves into a case of too much affection and not enough affliction.
  21. 30
    The question remains: why work so hard to make something deliberately bad, when the world is hardly running a shortage of mediocre movies?
  22. 30
    This didn't make me laugh much, but I liked the music, a patchwork of samples culled from the various atomic-monster epics.
  23. 20
    There's "so bad it's good," but there's also "just plain bad," and Skeleton's pre-processed shittiness spoils the fun.

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