Yet another hyperbolic slasher cartoon.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
As long as the film refrains from revealing its monster, Jeepers Creepers builds up a mood of sinister expectation. Once its bat-winged supernatural thingamajig appears, the beast isn't half as horrifying as you imagined.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
Jeepers Creepers is no big-screen keeper, but it does survive its 40-minute test drive before turning into a lemon.
Mike Clark - USA Today
If the reptile brain in you, that ugly little cluster of cerebral cells where all the destructive urges lie, needs a good jolt, Jeepers Creepers offers you just such a treat.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
After introducing a provocative opening, the movie settles in for some pretty cheap scare effects, as well as by-the-numbers computer graphic imagery for the actual marauder.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Unlike the recent horror films Session 9 and The Others, there's nothing remotely ambitious or imaginative in Jeepers Creepers.
Loren King - Boston Globe
Jeepers Creepers gets down and dirty, respecting its genre enough to make it seem vibrant, fresh and, in a warped way, real.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Although he slips occasionally, Mr. Salva has still crafted a fairly original and scarifying piece of work.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
Plays like an amateur debut effort written over a weekend during which its writer wasn't entirely sober.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
A standard-issue, ineptly executed serving of the genre's staples, from skeptical cops to an all-knowing psychic, on hand to explain everything about the demonic force behind the body count.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Scott Foundas - Variety
It's a shame that Salva so suddenly and permanently leaves the suggestive territory of the movie's first third.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
The only mystery to Jeepers Creepers is why Francis Ford Coppola chose to stamp his name on this grade-Z movie as producer.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Jeepers Creepers might have a stylishly sinister look, but the goods are rudimentary.
Kevin Courrier - Globe and Mail
Gets off to a great start and then simply shuts down, like an awesome vintage car on an ambitious road trip.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The plotting is a tad generic, and the film feels long at a scant 90 minutes. But the movie is good enough to put a chill into the late-summer air.
David Edelstein - Slate
Salva (Powder), directing from his own screenplay, develops Jeepers Creepers in such a way that it offers plenty of shock scares as well as a gradually building sense of menace.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The initial, neatly sustained eerieness soon gives way to increasingly freaky plotting that seriously diminishes the picture's promising fear factor.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
A clever thriller-chiller combining laughter with creepiness that should satisfy horror fans looking for a late-summer diversion.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
A good way to find some genuinely creepy moments in a decade where they were short in supply.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
One of the most terrifying horror movies to come along in years...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
One genuinely gets the sense from the first hour of this film that Salva is exorcising some of his own demons.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
One of those horror movies in which its characters do such unbelievably stupid things all the time that you literally want to shout at them.
James O'Ehley - Movie Gurus
The only thing about this movie that really made me shudder is that we are probably going to be deluged with a bunch of crappy sequels for it.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
As the plot hemorrhages from one dire encounter to another, the cliched old psychic routine is used to explain the plot to anyone who might still care.
Tom Grealis - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
...Alternates between moments of sheer terror and ridiculously cheesy effects...
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The story hits a wall with an abrupt, dismal ending.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
This is definitely not a good movie, and it has too many major flaws within the context of the genre to be a good horror movie.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Jeremiah Kipp - Matinee Magazine
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
...takes an enduring monster-movie premise, starts to rework it promisingly, and then drops the ball and falls back on trite, stereotyped action until we finally stop caring.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Brennan ... turns in a nice comic turn that is well worth waiting for.
Ed Kelleher - Film Journal International
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Habra quien le rinda aplauso de pie, y habra quien lo aborrezca y desee lo peor para el director, pero les prometo que no les dejara indiferentes...
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Alexander Walker - This is London
A mind-numbing monster movie.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Jeeeepers Creeeepers - Where'd you get...that AWFUL ENDING?
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
An unsettling, gory, but intelligent horror flick.
Nev Pierce - BBC
What can I tell you about a movie like JEEPERS CREEPERS that you don't already know from its title?
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Barrett Hooper - eye WEEKLY
Jeepers Creepers is one of those movies that starts promisingly, then goes downhill very quickly.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
packs in virtually every horror-movie paradigm from the last 30 years into a lean 90 minutes
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It is stylish and atmospheric; despite some problems with motivation, its main character duo is sympathetic and credible.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's not a very respectable horror film, but it does deliver the goods more often than not.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Deserves full marks for the tension, and part marks for not foisting a goofy ending on us, but in between, it fails miserably to hit us with the horror sledgehammer.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
This tripe ... isn't worth your time or our ink.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Jeepers Creepers may sputter in the last reel, but it still delivers enough style and scares to warrant a look by horror aficionados.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Lazily arbitrary plot twists and sadistic mayhem that, even by slasher-flick standards, is unconscionably off-putting.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Salva falls into nearly every cliche of the rural-horror sub-genre.
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice) - Boxoffice Magazine
Jeepers Creepers, where'd they come up with this stuff? I've seen episodes of The X-Files scarier than this...
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
What it lacks in studio-level finesse it more than makes up for with unrelenting imagination and a creepily visceral punch.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
One Judd Nelson, 164 breaks, and 986 spots short of a USA cable movie.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
True, unrelenting horror that is rarely found, ironically enough, in the horror genre.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
It's nice to walk out of a celluloid house of terror without feeling all cut up inside for a change.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
It is little more than a standard horror flick, but at least it doesn't go for camp.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Falls back on one ho-hum monster-threat and disgusting monster treat after another, with our heroes given little to do but stare in horror, then scream, 'Let's get out of here!'
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
The film pretty much delivers on what it promises, lots of scares and a good dose of gross-out horror.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
The end's a groaner, but a majority of this flick offers the best cheap thrills you'll have all summer.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The most original mainstream American horror film I've seen in a while.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
A worthwhile recommendation for fans of the fright genre.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The best thing to happen to the horror genre since 1999's groundbreaking The Blair Witch Project.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Speaking of unintentional laughs, Jeepers Creepers has a whack of them.
Derek Tse - Jam! Movies
The frightening stuff works because the film contains believable, strong central characters and lots of unexpected shocks.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
A cover- your-face, duck-in -your-seat, scream-out -loud slasher that, for the first hour, pushes so many of the right buttons.
Louis B. Hobson - Calgary Sun
Though its creepy, well-filmed first half fuels this psychological process, Jeepers Creepers degenerates from a realistic and frightening story into silly supernatural shenanigans.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
Decent and rather effective at first -- even if not remotely original -- the film unfortunately falls apart and unravels as it unfolds.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Jeepers Creepers doesn't raise goosebumps; it just makes your skin crawl.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Feels too rote to inspire real terror.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The first half of Jeepers Creepers is truly effective.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Jeepers Creepers is better setting things up than following through. It must resort to psychic mumbo-jumbo that has to be played straight and doesn't work.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
If Jeepers Creepers is what a 'smart horror film' is supposed to be like, can we please start getting the dumb ones again?
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Remarkably fun to watch.
Leah Green - Kansas City Star
The film suffers from a distinct lack of urgency or intensity, largely because of the predictability of its plot.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
While it is at heart just another stupid slasher movie, its undeniable style on an obviously limited budget places it a cut above the rest.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
In spite of how it loses control of itself during the last chunk, the beginning and middle is all the nightmare material you need.
Dave White - IFilm
Jeepers Creepers is itself a throwback, to the kind of (mostly) unironic, unpretentious B-movie that played at drive-ins 40 years ago.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Bad title; bad horror flick.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Salva delivers what might be a lost Friday the 13th sequel, though without the glimmer of wit and self-consciousness that informed those films.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
It could've easily turned into something that would've scared the poop out of you, but winds up nothing more than road kill.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Balancing homage with creativity, the picture is tight, stylishly filmed, clever and, importantly, scary.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
Just when Joe Dirt thought it had a lock on being this year's worst film, along comes Jeepers Creepers snatching that distinction from its grasp.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... an eerie return to old-fashioned scary movies. You get the sense writer/director Victor Salva really takes this seriously.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
If Jeepers Creepers acquires any fans at all, it'll be because the opening act gives us a stake in the action such as movies of any genre rarely offer anymore.
Michael Atkinson - Mr. Showbiz
A real homage to the what has gone before in the horror genre.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
What begins as an intelligent horror film ends up a trivial and uninspired schlock movie.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Using a 1930's hit parade ditty as a scare tactic is arguably the most asinine gimmick in the history of fright flicks.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
For the first 30 minutes of Jeepers Creepers, writer-director Victor Salva seems to be spinning the Gein legend into an eerie, grandly effective creepfest. Then the movie veers off onto a drastically different and less satisfying track.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If you can overlook its lapses in character logic, you'll have a ghoulishly good time at this more-ambitious -than-usual shocker.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
The first half...is surprisingly lithe and stylish...That's not enough, unfortunately, to save its increasingly poor second half, which careens into silliness.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
You know the part in scary movies where you're not sure what is going on and the suspense is killing you, but then you find out what's going on and it's stupid? This is it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Its missing parts include intelligence, originality, wit and a single reason to watch.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Half-the time, logic seems to be the last thing on Salva's mind, as Jeepers Creepers is, by-and-large, incoherent.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Half-baked piece of garbage.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The surprise is that, even though the title garnered laughs with every movie audience I was with who saw the trailer, Jeepers Creepers isn't a bad little horror flick.
Vera H-C Chan - Contra Costa Times
Who'd have imagined that the two most satisfying movies of August - no, of the entire summer stretching back to Shrek -- would be horror films?
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Jeepers Creepers is an old-fashioned horror flick tailor-made for the Fangoria crowd.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Two of filmdom's biggest idiots get involved in a really creepy, scary horror story.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Gruesome, nasty little horror creature/feature from writer/director Victor Salva, a convicted pedophile.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A nice change of pace from all of the teen slasher garbage that we've been getting of late.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium