100

Film Threat

Thanks to Sam Raimi’s inventive style and Bruce Campbell’s hysterical performance, the horror-comedy genre has grown into a legitimate genre, but Evil Dead 2 will forever be the king.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn never lets up, continually introducing new characters and adding new thrills and chills right up to the last frame… A terrific trip, although admittedly not one that everybody would enjoy taking. [13 Mar 1987, Calendar, p.6-14]
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
In many ways even more hellish and stylish than its predecessor... A horror cult classic.
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80

The A.V. Club

But Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively--a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream. [10 Apr 1987, Friday, p.M]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The grubby, low-budget intensity of the film gives it a lovable quality that high-tech movies wouldn't have.
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70

TV Guide

A deliriously cinematic experience for those with a taste for Grand Guignol, this is a relentlessly energetic nightmare world where quite literally anything can happen--and does.
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60

Variety

More an absurdist comedy than a horror film, Evil Dead II is a flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Best scenes: Campbell pondering whether to squash her dismembered head in a vice, and a later quandary when he must shotgun his own dismembered hand. Moral: Pimples aren't the worst thing that can happen to your body. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
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50

The New York Times

Its ideal audience would be full of Three Stooges fans with streaks for grotesque humor. [13 Mar 1987, p.C18]
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69 out of 100
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