100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
H20 is the second-best entry into the series, and, although it's nowhere close to the level established by Carpenter's classic, it avoids the excesses that ruin many would-be horror movies.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Director Steve Miner, on board because Carpenter passed, made two of the early Friday The 13th sequels and manages the business of the sudden knee-jerk shocks with ease, realising (as the previous sequels didn't) that Halloween movies are supposed to be scary not violent.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This efficient fright machine features a knowing cameo by Curtis's mom -- "Psycho's" Janet Leigh -- a couple of bloody good scares and a genuinely affecting performance from Curtis.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

Like Demi Moore leaking tears or Sharon Stone crossing her legs, Jamie Lee Curtis screaming is one of those glorious sights that inspire a generation of moviegoers to binge on popcorn.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's campy fun, but if you've seen the previous sequels, the plot grows tiresome and lacks shock value.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
He can take a licking and keep on slicing. In the latest Halloween movie, he absorbs a blow from an ax, several knife slashes, a rock pounded on the skull, a fall down a steep hillside and being crushed against a tree by a truck. Whatever he's got, mankind needs it.
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40

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
BRILLIANT and WITTY. Those are two words that will not be used to described this film.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Steve Miner is no Carpenter. A directing veteran of the Friday the 13th saga (parts II and III, in case you care), he's a plodder who favours long, dull buildups to short, dull climaxes -- it's slaughter by the numbers.
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0

San Francisco Examiner

Unfortunately, the contemporary horror movie has ceased being an individual work full of surprises and fresh manifestations of the Gothic imagination - it has, instead, been reduced to the level of an inflexible, repetitious, ritualistic event.
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52 out of 100
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