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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. Peter Berg's scandalous sick-joke thriller is packed with rude and clever twists, and it delves, with surprising force, into the hypocritical postures of corporate-era male bonding. The cast is terrific, especially Christian Slater.
  2. In an era when the words "President" and "penis" can occupy the same sentence and prompt nothing but yawns, this picture actually manages to surprise, to startle, yes, to administer a series of small but genuine shocks.
  3. Very Bad Things only getes worse. [25 November 1998, p. 44]
  4. It never makes you laugh that hard. Not even close. And so the thing becomes a bloody assault on the senses that commingles atrocity with tedium.
  5. 25
    Isn't a bad movie, just a reprehensible one. It presents as comedy things that are not amusing. If you think this movie is funny, that tells me things about you I don't want to know.
  6. 20
    Very Bad Things is a guy film, and, as such, it's a dog. The gross-out humor lacks edge, the guilt never kicks in, and the outrages are predictable. It's one flat brewski.
  7. 10
    Pitched as a black comedy, the film thus far seems to have divided audiences between those who think it unaccountably hilarious and those who see it as the latest manifestation of what might be called the new nihilism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    One of the best movies I have ever seen, the whole cast exhibits tremendous talent in a superbly well written and satisfying script. Absolutely hilarious. Expand
  2. RobertB.
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    One of my favourite movies of all time: Dying was never so funny!
  3. Gnarles
    Oct 20, 2005
    9
    It's a near-classic - as long as you have the guts to watch it on its own terms and resist the urge to twist and contort it into something else. The lesser critics who beat this up for its "nihilism" and "grossness" appear to be painfully unaware that their line of inflated, pompous thinking is the real thing being ripped to pieces in "Very Bad Things". Or maybe they DO realize it, and their dumb reviews are their protection. At any rate, it took major guts to craft a movie like this and I admire Berg for having them. Doesn't always work, but there are two amazing scenes for every bad one. Slater is sensational, a pitch-perfect parody of male self-help postivite thinking gone terribly wrong. Too bad it's so far been his last good performance. See Very Bad Things. Don't judge. Just watch. Expand
  4. C.B.
    Nov 6, 2007
    5
    Shame on Peter berg for wasting this amazing cast.
  5. [Anonoymous]
    Jun 1, 2008
    2
    Utterly sickening and unfunny.
  6. May 11, 2011
    1
    An utterly horrible film. The plot is all over the place, the violence is too over the top and none of the characters are even remotely likeable that you just don't care whether they die or not. Grim viewing. Not The Mist or Requiem for a Dream grim, because those two had a good film to support the grimness. Avoid! Expand
  7. RobYou
    May 11, 2007
    0
    Abhorrent.

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