Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Exhibiting high spirits and a crazed comic energy. It doesn't quite work, but it goes down swinging--with a disembodied hand.
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
Hey, it's not "Gone With the Wind" or even "Nightmare on Elm Street", so don't expect a masterpiece. You get a little nudity, a lot of gore, Seth Green doing his ironic commentary thing, and an easy way to kill a couple of hours.
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Entertainment Weekly

Let us now praise Seth ''Scott Evil'' Green, whose beautiful delivery of otherwise generic wisecracks is all that stands between this painfully derivative horror comedy and a premature date with the eject button.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Ill-timed "Hands" has a very limited grasp of comedy.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
This briefly inspired bit of surreality quickly descends into gratuitous bondage, mayhem and dumb humour, marking the usual progression from mildly absurd premise to gratingly idiotic conclusion.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
There's about half an hour's worth of sickly amusing material here...Unfortunately, that leaves a solid hour's worth of witless screaming, running around and expiring in a welter of icky special effects.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
When a movie sets out to be awful and achieves its goal, does that make it a success?
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Chicago Tribune

It's got the sex. It's got the violence. And, most important, it has an array of pot-centered jokes that might be funny to someone under the influence of an illegal substance. [30 Apr 1999]
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By James Berardinelli
There's just one problem: it's not scary and it's not funny...Idle Hands transcends that mundane level of badness into the realm of gross ineptitude.
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USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
It's an unholy mess.
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31 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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