Final Destination 5 Reviews

  • 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 —

  • 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

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