Under the direction of James Cameron protege Steven Quayle, the visual effects from Ariel Velasco Shaw (who has crafted mayhem on everything from 300 to Freddy vs. Jason) ensure that no industrial hook through a skull is left unimagined.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A new wrinkle in how the killings spool out actually makes the film even more predictable, and the deaths, which tend to be squirmy rather than explosive, are so perfunctory and lazily jokey that they leave a decidedly bad aftertaste.
Mike Hale - New York Times
The Godfather II it isn't, but for teens with money to burn, there are worse options to curdle blood.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
The script and acting satisfy the genre's requirements by being thoroughly forgettable.
John DeFore - Washington Post
Stabs at the dramatic don't amount to anything that makes us care, even for Bell, who has been solid on AMC's The Walking Dead and in the chairlift chiller Frozen.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
So tapped into its audience's giddy schadenfreude that beyond a kinkier-than-usual jolt of black humor and some clever red herrings, the formula remains rote...
Aaron Hillis - Village Voice
First-time feature director Steven Quale has brought this anemic franchise back to life, with an unexpected infusion of humor and energy.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
An anemic installment in the decade-old series that seems content with giving viewers more of the same.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
When stuff that serves us turns deadly, we're in a world of hallucinatory hurt. FD5 occasionally generates that kind of frisson, but it never goes bone-deep.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
A surprising infusion of energy and macabre humor reanimates this horror franchise.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
I expect this movie to make a lot of money at the box office, spent by fans eager to see still more cool ways for hot young characters to be slaughtered. My review will not be read by any of these people. They know what they enjoy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I'd rather see a documentary about the peaceable, versatile uses of WD-40, but you know teenagers.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
I'd venture to say it's the best Final Destination sequel - if you gauge success by overall shock value.
Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer
Constrained by a formula as restrictive as the elements that define haiku or iambic pentameter, scripter Eric Heisserer and first-time feature helmer Steven Quale nevertheless generate a respectable amount of suspense in Final Destination 5.
Joe Leydon - Variety
A suspenseful and macabre exercise in dread for the absurdly cosseted.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's a slack but competently executed film of a script with butterknife-dull dialogue and actors cast because of their "type."
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Stick a fork in the Final Destination franchise - probably something that's been done in some variation to a poor slob in every one of the ongoing series. It's done.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
The death sequences are fun; unfortunately, nearly everything in between is tedious and mechanical.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Director Steven Quale stages the death scenes with intermittently effective black humour to juice up a premise that, essentially, has all the suspense of watching the line at an abattoir.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
To borrow from TV terminology, the series hasn't jumped the shark yet, but the strain of inventing bizarre deaths is beginning to show.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Final Destination 5 starts with an R-rated 3D bang, but the cheap thrills wear off way fast, and we're left with atrocious acting, feeble writing and clueless directing.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
From the opening credits to the final kill this film displays a great use of 3-D.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
"FD 5" did not raise even a single goose bump - which for a movie that bills itself as horror is not a good thing.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The opening credits sequence is a work of mad genius. And then, unfortunately, the movie starts.
Though not a great horror film by any means, Final Destination 5 succeeds as a comedic splatter fest solely by sticking to Stephen King's old motto: 'If in doubt, gross 'em out.'
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Final Destination 5 benefits from smart 3D, but even in 2D, the set-pieces will satisfy -- presenting some of the most outrageous kill sequences in franchise history.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
It's testament to the 2000 original that there's still so much mileage left in the 'death is coming for you' concept 11 years later.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
The deaths are just as gruesome and fun as ever, but the script's utter lack of originality drags things down quite a bit.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
when you finally get to the end of the film, it works in the context of the series and definitely tops the previous installment
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The performances are amateur (at best), the formula is predictable, and there's nothing scary going on here.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Does clever writing a horror movie make? I think it does. And if you do too, then set your GPS for 'Final Destination 5,' one of the best of the dark-humored, grisly components in the franchise about people meeting their demise in bizarre ways .
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
It's a neat, tidy, tightly wound little horror picture with a single-minded intent to startle you out of your seat while causing you to laugh immoderately.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Not even a tacked on surprise ending can save this mess.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
we just like good-looking young people being killed off in inventive and gruesome ways! Death is a sick puppy . . . and so are we!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The end result is a better-than-average sequel that will surely thrill fans of the Final Destination movies, and it's ultimately difficult to recall a horror franchise that has fared as well (and remained as entertaining) as this.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
a gruesome but entertaining spectacle
James Luxford - The National
If you don't mind repetition, love a brilliantly horrible death, and like having your peepers assaulted - FD5 could be the Friday night film of the year.
Rosie Fletcher - SFX Magazine
...had me holding my hands over my eyes for the first time since Natalie Portman did horrible things to her cuticles in Black Swan.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
FD5 is a perfect example of what 3D ultimately does best, which is to make you squirm, shudder and jump in your seat. Enjoy.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Final Destination 5 is moderately enjoyable splatter for those in an undemanding mood but never attains any real scares or resonant moments.
Anthony O'Connor - FILMINK (Australia)
It's a spectacle that requires a certain detachment and a strong stomach, but it's highly recommended.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
As sick and sorry as some of the outcomes prove to be in FD5, there can be no denying there is often some wild imagination and genuine inspiration in play.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A link into the earlier films at the close of 5 is nice, but adds little overall, and though it might be fun with a bunch of friends on a Friday night, hopefully this is the end for what has become a very tired franchise.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The best all-around installment of the series (since the original) with an opening sequence that just misses rivaling the intro to the #2 freeway pileup.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Blood, gore and splatter are plentiful in this fifth film of the franchise in which premonition morphs into reality and death follows
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Ironically enough, it's the journey, not the destination, that makes these movies so damn fun.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
I have to admit it appealed to my wanton inner child, though if asked to name my favourite premonition movie it would be Ealing Studios' classic Dead of Night.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Quale knows exactly how to toy with the expectations of his victims (and his viewers) before bringing down the fatal blow from an angle that no-one quite saw coming.What's more, he is not afraid to embrace 3D for the tawdry gimmick that it is
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Approached for what it is - a series of over-the-top gruesome death scenes pieced together by an implausible plot - this might be the best Final Destination yet.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The result is more than usually frightening.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
No surprises, but plenty of laughs and gasps.
James Mansfield - Little White Lies
You have to admire the glee with which each young life is snuffed out.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
The kill-or-be-killed twist could have made this the best Destination since the first, but the idea is woefully underdeveloped even if the film is nevertheless gorier and smarter than the diabolical fourth instalment.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Final Destination 5 is a much-improved installment for the series on the heels of the terrible fourth film, The Final Destination, and an example of getting what you pay for in a suitably satisfying manner.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Works, and works well, thanks to some terrific droll humour and the best 3D to hit cinemas all year.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Fans of this franchise know precisely what to expect, and the film delivers it with wit and flair.
The 'Final Destination' franchise is the Ramones discography of horror cinema: There's not a lot of variety, but if you liked the first release, there's no reason not to like the rest.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
There's blackly witty ingenuity here without too much misanthropic sadism, and a genuinely neat chronological twist that I didn't see coming, despite one conspicuous clue.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Notable is the film's proficient use of 3D--the best such example of any 3D movie so far this year.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Quale's witty kills are such a blast you may wish they hadn't wrapped the series up so neatly.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
Upholding franchise traditions in amusingly grisly style, the Reaper's latest round-up is definitely up to snuff.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
True, some of these scenes seem to defy the laws of physics, but who cares when the special effects are this good?
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Inventive, superbly acted and featuring some terrific special effects work, this is a hugely entertaining, suitably grisly thriller that's much, much better than that 5 might lead you to expect.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's all good fun.
Mayer Nissim - Digital Spy
It sticks to gimmicky scenes in which twentysomethings are dispatched in ingenious ways, but first-time director Steven Quayle delivers cheap fun that will keep fans happy.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Time for death to call in sick?
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Death is never final so long as the box office and foreign market sales remain relatively strong, thus we have yet another devastation destination in time for the end-of-summer theatrical doldrums.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Delivering the deftly choreographed calamity that's carried the series thus far, Final Destination 5 doesn't cheat the series' followers.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The 3D deaths are a truly mind-blowing, major squelch-and-crunch fest of bodily matter... make your date with death for this finale as it offers the perfect 'gutsy' night out.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
The usual TV actors -- including some fellow who looks the love child of Tom Cruise and Peter Gallagher's eyebrows -- being systematically offed because they cheated death.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Are we dead yet?
Alexandra Cavallo - Boston Phoenix
92 fleet minutes of the absolutely pointless evisceration of characters we care about not even slightly, given a sheen of carnivalesque gaudiness thanks to the hugely discredited 3-D process.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The same plot the first four versions had but this time with a more inventive way of killing and some needed humor.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Two great death sequences don't make a movie. Just awful acting and pacing ruin the fun this film could be.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
There's no wicked fun left in this series.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The 3D isn't just a gimmick it's an integral part of the movie, fun deaths, and decent cast but the entire thing is marred by a horrific (and not in a good way) third act. Fails to arrive on time by a few minutes.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It definitely is no small feat to make a decade-plus-old horror series feel a bit re-energized in its fifth go-round, but it's time to truly send the series to its own final destination while they're (unexpectedly) ahead.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
This mindless mayhem preys on contemporary angst and uncertainty.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Death takes no holiday!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Over-the-top, bloody good fun.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
This latest 'FD' outing boasts some of the best visual effects ever, especially the bridge-crumbling sequence at the beginning of the film.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Nothing wrong with a well-made horror movie, and FD5 makes the grade. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
I don't like to kvetch, but I do think it's a little unfair when I see the same film over and over, and I have to keep coming up with something new to say about it.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The producers have brought the franchise back to basics with more gruesome deaths and a twist that will have the audience wanting more from the series.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
A long and eventually tedious series of deaths, all in slightly sickening 3-D. Splattered eyeballs, snapped spines, heart kebabs - one numbingly after another, in diamond-hard focus and ruby-red color.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Generally technically slick, briskly paced and painless to watch, assuming you're not the sort to squirm miserably at the sight of anatomical mayhem.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Final? Really? How can something with final in the title have a five after the word?
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
It's not about being scary and its not about shocking you with torture porn, Final Destination is simply about stupid fun.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
I think we're pretty much done here.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
'Quality' is off the table here. But below-the-belt Dog Days thrills? Final Destination 5 might be able to scare some up.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Stay away from all reviews/spoilers of this film, including mine, until you have seen it for yourself. If you're a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
For the most part, it's the same old, same old, once again presented for the second time in theaters in 3D, all to make the blood and gore all the more, well, gruesome and in your face. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It delivers on the promise of its 3D with some truly gnarly gross-out deaths.
Dave White - Movies.com
These movies are starting to cross over into pure genius territory with their ever-evolving sense of self awareness and addition of 3D.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
This is a purely cathartic, visceral experience, not having anything to do with characters or plot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Director Steven Quale invests the production with a little more wit than usual. You're gonna want to keep an eye on the production design.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Very playful with the complex and ridiculous series of events and actions that will lead to each character's death, which gives the audience some giggles
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
One of the cleverest and most darkly comic "Final Destinations," with several fun deaths. And, yes, "fun" is the word.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Do the kills measure up? They do, in a fashion as laughably over-the-top as you'd expect. The movie is as thrilling as a roller-coaster ride (another instrument of death, put to sinister use in Final Destination 3) and about as profound.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
"Final Destination 5" is irresistible, and the reason it's irresistible is that it speaks to us in the language we all understand, which is fear.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
What does it say about a horror movie -- especially the fifth in a long considered DOA franchise -- that you simply want the storyline to stop and the inventive deaths to occur?
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Scores miles ahead of torture-porn trash...and even improves on its predecessors in cleverness and suspense. Of course it's still what it is, and that's not much.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
... there's no final "Final" in sight, good news indeed for New Line and Warner.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It's now all strictly about the elaborate kills, and the associated red herrings. If you know and dig this, you'll have a blast.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
A hugely satisfying tension comes from tapping the dread we push down to get through a life of constant negotiation with danger, whether it's crossing a suspension bridge or crossing the street. Who needs Freddy when routine plane travel is so fraught?
Michelle Orange - Movieline
While it has been made with just enough style to arguably make it the best of the series to date, that still doesn't make it good by any stretch of the imagination
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Thanks to solid suspense and a clever resolution, FD5 is more fun than watching household objects conspire to brutally murder disaaster survivors (in 3D!) has any right to be.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
For existing fans of the Final Destination franchise, this movie is an absolute must see.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Maybe the filmmakers just got a little lazy, but it was disappointing to watch it wrap itself by becoming just another killer-in-human-form thriller.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The 3-D sequel is the best incarnation since the original. Let me be clear, this is no great horror film; it's simply better than versions two, three and four, which isn't saying much. But this is Final Destination; it's critic-proof, so enjoy the ride.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Definitely marks an uptick after the last horrendous installment and it has moments that work but it ultimately fails to add anything new to the unexpected Final Destination anthology.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
It almost kills me to say that Steven Quale's Final Destination 5 brings sanity to a single-minded, broken record of a franchise that has, until now at least, seemed predisposed against thoughtfulness.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
It's still schlock, mind you -- but artful schlock, and a marked improvement over the preceding entry.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
To say that Final Destination 5 is the best installment since the original is both faint praise and a pleasant surprise.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
FD5 is a success on every level, from the insurmountable tension, surprisingly solid performances and inventive gore shots, five times looks to be a charm for this successful series.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Spoiler alert: Everybody dies.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Aiming for a different angle, the fifth installment, which is technically proficient, slightly tweaks the formula in a way that should please the series' loyal fans but won't recruit new ones.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The main attraction is still a string of inevitable and grisly deaths; but this time the effects are better and there's some actual drama and comedy between the send-offs.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Who needs a creative storyline or meaningful connections when you can just string some shocking images together?
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
After five films consisting mostly of sinister establishing shots of screws unscrewing themselves, I'm ready to cry 'no mas.'
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Some actual, honest-to-goodness thought and care went into "Final Destination 5," decidedly the best sequel in the bunch.
A few inventive shocks are scattered throughout, but the rest is unremarkable madness, punctuated with a thriller-style conclusion that resembles another movie altogether.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A stunning, surprisingly credible marriage of acting, story, and effects.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
the best 3D horror movie ever made, as much for its superlative technical merits as for its satisfying thrills
Todd Gilchrist - Boxoffice Magazine
There are a few, er, head-spinning twists you won't see coming, and an ending that would make Steven Slater smile.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
It's suspense overload that had me squirming in my seat like a 5-year-old watching "Barney". Quale squeezes every ounce of air out of your body & leaves little room to breathe
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting