There are far less lively ways to spend a night at the movies.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This grunge match is far more horrible than horrifying.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Though not exactly John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, star-power marquee teaming is about all Freddy vs. Jason has.
Mike Clark - USA Today
This corpse defies reanimation.
Paul Farhi - Washington Post
A script was wanting for years, and still is.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
Deeply, proudly unimaginative.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift don't try all that hard to meld the respective series ... and director Ronny Yu's efforts to generate visual interest ... are overfamiliar as every other slasher trope.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
Though a stickler might ask what's at stake in a fight to the death between two guys who are already dead, the hard-core fans aren't likely to be disappointed.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Nicely balancing mayhem and mirth, Yu keeps his film kicking. The action is lovingly lurid, and the laughs keep coming.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
A goofy but occasionally fun novelty that's more enjoyable than it has any right to be.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
The website is more entertaining than the movie.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Freddy vs. Jason succeeds as a guilty pleasure.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Director Ronny Yu loses energy when it shifts to the dumb teen protagonists, and the script faithfully wallows in cliches so ridiculous they border on Scary Movie territory.
Brian Thomas - Chicago Reader
A tediously ghastly genre pic.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Pitting the bad guys against each other merely recycles all the shtick we've seen before.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's bloody, it's loud, it's gratuitous, and it's ridiculous. Sweet.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Once the novelty wears off, the latest movie feels just like every other -- an unrepentant gorefest with little personality or flavor.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
It's more marketing concept than aesthetic, and problems inherent in both series -- like the fact the villains are indestructible -- are only multiplied.
Andy Klein - Variety
Despite oblique references to Psycho and Children of the Corn, Freddy vs. Jason lacks the knowing wit needed to keep it afloat in an age when even the horror spoofs have been spoofed.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
Unlike, say, the Scream movies, which playfully tweaked the conventions of the slasher sub-genre, the new film tends to serve them up '80s-style -- straight and bloody.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Only masochists need contemplate laying down good money on this atrocity.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Too much chatting, not enough chills.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Good concept, mediocre execution.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Witless, excessive and ultimately boring gore-a-thon.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
It is downright depressing to think about all that vigorous cinematic artistry and expertise aimed so low.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Scary, gory, nightmare-inducing slasher.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham would be proud!
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
it's safe to say the best work of these bad boys is decidedly behind them.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
[A] true return to form for the slasher genre ...
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
It's a cleverly wrapped gift to me and every horror fan like me, and I feel nothing but affection for it.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A fine post-scream Freddy romp
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
With Jason and Freddy at war over the souls of children, this great send-up of the genre is extremely fun and is faithful to the characterizations long-established for these villains.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Freddy vs. Jason is a pretty awful Nightmare film, but only a mediocre F13 film.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Dull blades. Saddles audiences with a buckets-of-blood mentality that deadens the spirit and drowns the film.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Freddy and Jason could use some new blood.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's pretty obvious where director Ronnie Yu's sympathies lie. Still, he can't find a satisfactory resolution to that old teaser about an implacable force vs the immovable object: how to kill off your cash cow and milk her too.
Dean Essner - Time Out
The whole is greater than the sum of Freddy and Jason's crumbled limbs.
David Grove - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
There is enough hacking, slashing, blood, and guts for three more Jason movies in this battle.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
L'utilisation presque exageree de la violence rehausse la qualite du film et l'ensemble est tellement mauvais qu'il en devient bon.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Exists in a place beyond criticism. It hasn't got a plot to speak of, or characters; like the recent Rollerball remake, it in many ways verges on the experimental.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
The gory money shots and the big brawl are the only real entertainment - although the effective one-liner occasionally pops up to keep you laughing in between decapitations.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Let the great, dumb, pointless debate rage on.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Paul Sherman - Boston Herald
the usual assortment of harried kids, hopeless cops, inadequate parents, creepy dream sequences and highly creative murders
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
It may not be an all-time classic, but it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp blade/finger.
Sacha Molitorisz - Sydney Morning Herald
"Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" fans... you are going to LOVE this one...
David Foucher - EDGE Boston