80

L.A. Weekly

By Chuck Wilson
This horror comedy is loaded with decapitations, bodies torn in two and spewing blood, and yet, unlike the grim, torture-filled gore-fests of late, Hatchet’s mayhem is so giddily over-the-top that you end up applauding the low-budget aplomb of it all.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
No other film in recent memory has featured such a terrifically retro maniac or revisited the heyday of Eighties gore films with such gleeful, moist abandon.
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75

Chicago Tribune

This is not a film intended for a wide audience. But B-movie fans who find their way to Adam Green's gory schlock extravaganza are going to like it.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Director Adam Green's genuine affection for the genre helps make Hatchet a cut above average.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Hatchet is further evidence of the decline of Western civilization.
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50

Variety

By Justin Chang
Joel David Moore leads a cast full of token minorities and bickering bimbos, whom writer-helmer Adam Green dispatches with knowing glee and an obvious love for genre conventions that almost overcomes the derivative scripting.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there’s no reason to care.
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40

Los Angeles Times

Even after appropriately lowering expectations, it's kind to call this one a cut below.
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57 out of 100
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