50

Slant Magazine

It's a formula with no pretensions.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Friday the 13th is neither tense nor frightening (although, to be fair, it is at times creepy and atmospheric, due in part to budgetary limitations that led to a low-key style).
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40

Empire

By Kim Newman
As the bodies pile up amongst this testy crowd of horny teens, there remains a vacant hole were someone scary should be. In a strange way, this film stands unique amongst all slasher films as one where the killer is nearly intangible.
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20

Variety

Lowbudget in the worst sense – with no apparent talent or intelligence to offset its technical inadequacies – Friday the 13th has nothing to exploit but its title.
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35 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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