75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Roth, who has taken more than a few cues from Raimi, David Lynch (whom Roth worked with), and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), is working in a horror tradition that goes way back -- and he's working it with nasty glee.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
It plays on your knowledge of/expectations about generic horror movies and then either delivers the goods from an unexpected angle or pulls the rug out from under you.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
First-time director Eli Roth turns this cheapie into a greatest-hits of horror. It's a blast of good gory fun that just won't quit.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A ferociously entertaining and mean little horror movie that achieves the kind of outrageous vibe best enjoyed in a crowded, noisy theater.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Other than a few witty jokes and a game cast, there's nothing particularly special here.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A disciple of David Lynch's, Roth packs his story with horror, humor, hillbillies and sex. Roth caps his fast-moving story with a joke that's as oddly left-field as it is funny, but truth to tell, it is funny.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A big, dumb, crude, noisy, goose-the-audience bash and proud of it. It's not nearly as unsettling as ''28 Days Later.''
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Maybe Roth was too busy paying tribute to all his childhood influences to take the necessary steps, but even in this uneasy era of SARS and other airborne horrors, his flesh-eating virus movie never convincingly gets under the skin.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

As a thriller, Cabin Fever falls short, filled with characters so obnoxiously stupid that just watching their skin slowly melt off doesn't seem like enough punishment.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Doesn't have the gonzo wit of ''Re-Animator'' or ''Evil Dead 2,'' nor is it flat-out terrifying like ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' or even a zombie-come-lately like this year's ''28 Days Later.''
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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