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
Their final showdown will probably please fans, but everyone else will be wondering whether those 10 years couldn't have been more profitably spent.
Brooke Holgerson - Boston Phoenix
Played for laughs, the two horror icons have been castrated. No longer scary, they're like a Las Vegas lounge act, sandwiched somewhere between Celine Dion and Debbie Reynolds on the strip.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
Get your freaks on.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Misses the chance of actually being a good movie, but it feels energetic and colourful.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Anyone at a fan convention will tell you that Freddy vs. Jason had the potential to be a horror classic; unfortunately it's ended up as just another slasher flick.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...[a] chintzy chill session...what you're gaining are front row seats to a couple of carousing combatants whose streaky cynicism are too watered down for us to care
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
It's completely daft, and the one-liners are by now just plain cheesy, but there's a good deal of gore to keep the faithful amused, if not completely happy.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
With two unkillable foes, this battle feels superfluous. There are a few clever moves, but this fight is simple slice-and-dice.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
A little less Cliffs notes in the first half, a few more inventive battle scenes between our two heroes, and it might have been something really memorable.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Those steeped in the mythology of Freddy and Jason will likely get a kick out of this match-up.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
At the rowdy preview I attended, Jason emerged as the crowd favorite. Apparently, moviegoers identify more closely with a mute overgrown child-brute than with a smart-alecky child-killer.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
On its own "10 years past expiration date" level, it's good fun.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
If you're into that sort of thing, see it.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The biggest surprise about Freddy vs. Jason is that it's just plain boring.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Freddy Vs. Jason is a horror film for people who don't necessarily hate the genre in general but find themselves frustrated and disappointed by it more often than not.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
[Can] one... actually tell the difference between a slasher flick that's intentionally parodying the genre and one that's just so steeped clichés that it's laughable[?]
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Even if the sum is more than its parts, this is a refreshingly winning entry into two franchises that have been dry for far too long.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
That the anti-climactic finish was withheld from advance reviewers to save the surprise is short for It's really, really stupid.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
If you can convince a theatre manager or lowly high school corn monkey to let you into the final half hour...for a few bucks, you won't be disappointed. But that's the only part worth seeing.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Will satisfy the hordes who've awaited this heavyweight matchup for a decade.
Bob Campbell - Newark Star-Ledger
If you like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing you'll like -- even if it's finally a lot less terrifying than Dakota Fanning in Uptown Girls.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
New Line's smartest move was letting Ronny Yu direct.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Shawn Bowers - Kansas City Star
The frights, the archetypes, even the predictability of it all is predictable, leaving behind a dull, brainless novelty that makes more sense as a TV sweeps stunt.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Thank goodness (or thank the devil?) for the fanboy novelty of this long-anticipated sequel/crossover of the two most popular icons of '80s-era horror movies, for that's about all Ronny Yu's film has to coast on.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Looks like these two cut-ups are going to be around for a while.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
For most moviegoers, Freddy vs. Jason will be entirely unwatchable. And yet, it's probably the best slasher movie made since the genre's heyday.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
A film that is proficient with its action, cheeky with its humor, and a story that knows the rules and movie logic of horror. Why doesn't Freddy vs. Jason satisfy the critics?
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A solid, entertaining bloodbath that will appease most fans of the genre.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
In the battle between Freddy and Jason, it's the audience who loses.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
More than anything else, Freddy vs. Jason is an opportunity to wear that black tee shirt I save for special occasions like Marilyn Manson listening parties and skirmishes with the law.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Sure the film marks the downfall of cultured civilization as we know it-let's face it, we're a hop, skip and decapitation away from brutally live Gladiatorial combats-but at least we're going down in style
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Director Ronnie Yu knows exactly what's expected of him; he keeps the blood flowing and doesn't dawdle over the holes in the plot.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
If you must make a movie combining two series at which most people would turn up their noses, make it right for the people who wouldn't ... I think they made it right.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
This film was stupid, violent, gory, and just plain bad (and I kinda liked it).
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Freddy vs. Jason is absolutely critic-proof: firewalled, fortified and dug in like an Alabama tick.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
If you ever saw and enjoyed a Freddy or Jason film, this should be a bloody, grotesque delight.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Horror connoisseurs should consider this one a draw.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
Applying 'criticism' to 'Freddy vs. Jason' isn't just tedious - it's pointless.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Maybe I missed out on the keg party that took place before our screening, but this flick's appeal was lost on me. I was terribly disappointed.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Freddy tends to the laughs, Jason takes care of the body count, and the result is great fun!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Bringing the two together means a dumbing-down of Freddy and a bit of a sophisticated elevation of Jason, and the mix is kind of discordant.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
A film with virtually no plot, no humor and no acting talent.
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sure, it seems ridiculous. And outlandish. And maybe even silly. But it works.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
A far-better-than-expected, late summer thrill ride...Better than any of the other ten Friday the 13th movies, and places in the upper half of the previous seven-parted Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The expression 'bloody bore' takes on a new, deeper meaning with Freddy Vs. Jason.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
prototypical teen slasher fare, with ultra-gory deaths, overwrought performances and even some gratuitous T&A: Were it not for a Columbine reference and a half-baked rave, you might guess this was actually made 20 years ago.
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Takes itself much too seriously and wastes several opportunities for dark-comic bits.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A battle royal so cheesily ludicrous that it ends literally with a wink.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's a Nightmare on Elm Street movie as badly written and performed as a Friday the 13th movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Freddy vs. Jason has a fun, junky spirit to it that is compulsively watchable and when looked at in the right frame of mind, it is a surprisingly satisfying experience.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
Seeing the two horror icons come together for an ultimate showdown is definitely fun to watch, but the outcome of the most-hyped villainous face-off ever proves to be a bit of a letdown.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Despite the slow spots, there's a sense of fun, which goes into overdrive when the big fight starts.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Huge, super-gory, cash-grabbing, badly written, highly stupid crap.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A formulaic hodge-podge that trades on a certain demographic's affection for the bogeymen of their formative years.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Anyone weaned on these movies -- which is to say, pretty much anyone who grew up during the 1980s and 1990s -- will get a kick out of seeing how those two universes, with all their respective tropes and rules, have been melded.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
One big joke.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Has doses of irreverent humor and a few inventive ways of slicing and dicing victims.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Call it nostalgia, but there's something strangely entertaining, even comforting, about these movies.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
What's on view here is usually less than the sum of its parts.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Considering what the filmmakers had to work with, and the fact that it has all been done before, Freddy Vs. Jason isn't bad.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Who wins? Without telling, I can say it's almost irrelevant. Buy a ticket and you lose.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
When the dust settles in the final battle of Freddy vs. Jason, it's the audience that loses.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
You'll cringe in horror at the stinkfest on screen.
Jerry McCormick - San Diego Union-Tribune
Unfortunately, I have to ask: Did it really take ten years to come up with this?
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Devoid of any horror resonance, the movie treats death the way porn movies treat sex, as a subject to be exploited.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Monster-on-monster horror flick is a gory, goofy guilty pleasure far better than the money-mongering idea behind it suggests.
James Rocchi - Netflix
I expected more humor, more fun, more action and ultimately, more scares and terror between the two big guys.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Ronny Yu brings some cool visuals into the mix and Robert Englund's Freddy one-liners work at times, but the clunky script and action is more laughable than frightening.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The film is like its predecessors, assuming the teens' point of view -- wary, fearful, rowdy, and stubbornly hopeful in the face of all contrary circumstances.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Freddy vs Jason is a hoot and a howl but don't expect a rematch.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A feast for hardcore fans of either character, and likely to bring a new generation of gorehounds into the fold.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
A tortured, ludicrous storyline brings the two figures together...
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
After more than a decade of brainstorming, here's what New Line has: Freddy and Jason stage a contest to see who can kill the most teenagers. Jason surges ahead, Freddy gets jealous, so they go at each other. The end.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
it's an unsatisfying fight, since Krueger has to compete in a higher weight class and at a lower intellectual level than his hockey-mask-wearing opponent.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Reflecting on nude scenes of the '80s entries...there was a lot less silicone back then.The two in Freddy Vs. Jason,while lovely,look like extras from nip/tuck.
Fred Topel - About.com
It's stupid and slightly insulting to those with more than two brain cells to rub together, but don't tell that to the untold thousands who've been waiting to see this movie for the last seven years.
James Hill - BET.com
Wittier than your average horror movie, smarter than your average horror movie, and much stranger than your average horror movie.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Other than Freddy, there are no memorable performances, just interchangeable busty, pouty-lipped girls and drunk high school guys who scream and run and get gutted like fish.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Fans of the two series will laugh, because the genre is so squarely skewered. Others will wonder what the big deal is, having seen King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Rodan and any number of sitcom weddings.
John Anderson - Newsday
Just a slam-bang succession of gross-out mutilations, played for giggles.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...people are cut in two, heads severed off and body parts go flying like a steak dinner at your near-by Benni-Hanna's.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The best bits do eventually overshadow the interminable slow spots, and I'd certainly never be one to dissuade the faithful from seeing these two immortals duke it out on the big screen.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
One of the few class lines is delivered by a stoner: "That goalie was pissed about something". No doubt that's how fans will be feeling after seeing this.
Annette Dasey - Teletext
The fight is really cool when it finally comes, but it takes an hour and change to get through the undercards.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
While the filmmakers send up the genre's cliches and expected audience empathy with the villains, it still feels like the ludicrous dialogue and one-dimensional characterizations were written by teenagers.
Bryan Reesman - Citysearch
Does a decent job of making like the 1980s never ended.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
A horror fan's wet bloodfest with an outrageous story line and plenty of laughs.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
a showdown that's like an extreme WWF smackdown for the ghoulish set
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Once they cut to the chase (literally) and start brawling, we get our money's worth.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Offers the curiously heady equation of its titular bogeys to some sort of modern holy pantheon.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
While Krueger and Voorhees may be the combatants here, it's the viewer who loses.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A movie in search of a plot, it's is little more than a random collection of cliched horror moments.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
No high art here, but Freddy vs. Jason is definitely the rowdy-drunken-party movie of the year.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
For the first time since Scream, the slasher genre shows signs of life (was that in poor taste?).
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
I dare you not to have fun watching Freddy Vs. Jason. It's the most entertaining film of the summer, the best slasher in years, and one of the best pictures [of] 2003.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A dumb, but occasionally fun, attempt to squeeze some fresh blood out of two of horror's longest-running franchises.
Jamie Russell - BBC
Unlikely to win either prizes or converts, it still has an old-fashioned 80s charm about it that should satisfy the fans.
Dean Essner - Film4
Entertaining, extremely gory horror flick that should please fans of both franchises.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Like the later chapters in both of these seemingly endless movie series, it all seems just a bit too familiar and a bit too obvious as to what's coming next.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
More clever than your average Friday the 13th but certainly not as meta as any Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Vs. Jason basically comes down to just another teen horror movie.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A lively concoction of genre in-jokes with elements that'll please fans of both murderous characters.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall