75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Some of the themes and the hallucinatory special effects are reminiscent of Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” and there are cheeky allusions to “Dawn of the Dead” and even “Eyes Wide Shut,” but a viewer with an open mind might say that this midnight-style movie is more enjoyable than any of them.
Full Review
75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
John Dies at the End isn't deep. But it is deeply amusing, in the sickest possible way.
Full Review
63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This loopy slacker horror farce is so intent on playing with your head — and time, and space, and paranoid conspiracy theories — that it doesn’t care about making sense. Which doesn’t stop the film from being a pretty good bad time.
Full Review
63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Coscarelli junkies won't be bothered by the film's herky-jerky rhythms. Go for the freaky fun of it, though a little soy sauce on the side sure wouldn't hurt.
Full Review
63

Chicago Sun-Times

Coscarelli knows how to exploit horror/sci-fi tropes and adeptly meld a practical effect with a well-timed gag. Many could depict a man's disembodied moustache with the right degree of farcicality, but few can imbue it with such an oddball credibility.
Full Review
60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This is really the kind of movie that was made to be watched in a haze after midnight, at which point it would all, no doubt, make perfect sense.
Full Review
55

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Once the colorful anecdotes sprawl out into an actual narrative, the film gets convoluted and loud, amplifying the weirdness without doing much to clarify it.
Full Review
50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Another is how the film manages, in the absence of a coherent plot, to be so funny and engaging until, somewhere around the midpoint, it goes as flat as a stepped-on creepy-crawly.
Full Review
50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A supernatural action comedy that can never live up to its exciting opening scenes, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End mixes horror-tinged mayhem with smart-alec laughs but loses momentum early and gets bogged down in exposition.
Full Review
25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Every single thing wrong with John Dies at the End might have been avoided had John died at the beginning, along with all the other characters, transforming an awful full-length movie into a harmless five-minute short.
Full Review
53 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.