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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. 63
    The tone, which veers uncertainly between dark comedy and suspense, is uneven, and the characters are not vivid enough to stabilize the load of a shifting, runaway plot.
  3. The writer of Very Bad Things has done poorly by the director. This is particularly painful because they are the same person, Peter Berg. Director Berg shows lively talent, focused and controlled. Writer Berg shows some talent, too, but he is wobbly in design and purpose. [14 December 1998, p.26]
  4. 30
    As the characters behave with symbolic excess in situations designed to provoke their bigotry and self-interest, superficial black comedy periodically gives way to painful drama.
  5. 25
    This is Berg's debut outing as a director, but other first-timers, namely Joel Coen (Blood Simple) and Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave), had it all over him for blending horror and hilarity.
  6. Hollow, simple-minded and about as profound an experience as stepping in a pile of road kill.
  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.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 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 remotelyAn 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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