Jennifer's Body Reviews

  • Takes up a common theme of slasher films - that queasy, panicky fascination with female sexuality that we all know - and turns it inside out.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A genre high-school horror flick with a satirical edge.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Jennifer's Body tries hard to be cool, gross and nasty but feels forced and misses the mark.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Jennifer's Body falls into the dispiriting category of dumb movies made by smart people, in this case a glibly clever writer and a talented director who think a few wisecracks are enough to subvert the teen horror genre.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Jennifer's Body seems designed more to be quoted than watched.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • As screenwriter Diablo Cody might say in her irritatingly pop-cult way, this zombie-chick horror-satire is more dead-eyed than Blake Lively.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's a fun premise -- a twist on the usual girl-in-distress scenario of the standard-issue horror film -- enlivened by Codyspeak.

    Cary Darling — Dallas Morning News

  • Director Karyn Kusama finds resonant terror in details: the look Anita and Jennifer exchange before Jen's fateful ride, or a victim's last-minute ah-hah.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The amateurishly directed 'Jennifer's Body' is a bust as ha-ha horror movie.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • There is within Diablo Cody the soul of an artist, and her screenplay brings to this material a certain edge, a kind of gleeful relish, that's uncompromising. This isn't your assembly-line teen horror thriller.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The tone wavers, the direction's slackly indecisive and visually drab, and in the middle of it is a thinly conceived antagonist played by Megan Fox. Honestly, she's a pretty bad actress. She doesn't seem to get Cody's sense of humor. At all.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The flashes of competence just emphasize the extent to which the film has no idea what it's doing.

    Noah Berlatsky — Chicago Reader

  • As a horror movie, Jennifer's Body doesn't fully deliver. But as a comic allegory of what it's like to be an adolescent girl who comes into sexual and social power that she doesn't know what the heck to do with, it is a minor classic.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a serviceable premise, but the execution fails on almost every level.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There are probably worse ways to go out than being devoured by Fox... but the film squanders all the fun from what could have been a hilarious, gore-filled romp.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • While Fox's performance as a high-school girl possessed by a demon would seem key to the fortunes of the film, Amanda Seyfried, as her unlikely best friend, Needy, makes it more interesting than it would be.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • While not exactly lifeless, Jennifer's Body sure could be fresher.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Fox eats and heats up screen.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Clever one-liners don't cover the cruelty here. Jennifer is shallow. The movie about her is, too.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Jennifer's Body comes across as Diablo Cody lite, something she seems to have dashed off in-between talk show appearances and updating her MySpace page with her latest caustic witticisms.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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