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
It's almost as if no one knows what to do with Megan Fox.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
'Jennifer's Body': Kusama-Cody's Post-"Carrie" Horror Feminism Is Inept
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Apparently, there's nothing like lean and hungry times to awaken the undead.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The movie substitutes calculation for brains, and the filmmakers seem to think we'll all be too stupid to notice.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Kusama and Cody's collaboration is a wicked black comedy with unexpected emotional resonance, one of the most purely pleasurable movies of the year so far.
Dana Stevens - Slate
If you're in search for a way to ogle Megan Fox's body, there are a lot better ways to do it than subjecting yourself to this.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An unoriginal and mostly unscary horror-comedy from, surprisingly, the pen of Diablo Cody.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Jennifer's Body is never scary and it's only sporadically amusing.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
[Its] depiction of the ways in which women like Needy are willing to compromise themselves to indulge an ultimately less secure friend is spot-on.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Director Karyn Kusama is torn between duty to female empowerment and slasher convention. But Fox shows a comic flair that Transformers never investigated.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
I'd like to see Jennifer get transferred to that "Twilight" school and stir up some trouble.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
[Cody's] glib teen-hip dialogue mostly feels like self-conscious splatter over a sorely lackluster scare flick.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Think Mean Girls making out with Teen Wolf on the set of The Faculty. Or something.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
In trying to create a modern horror take on Mean Girls (2004), in which the protagonists redefine their rivalries through physical instead of verbal viciousness, she has merely delivered an updated, dumbed-down rehash of Carrie (1976).
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Much to the chagrin of the randy male teens that Jennifer's Body is meant to lure into theatres, they're offered nary a glimpse of Ms. Fox's naked glories.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
With women calling the shots on this production, I'm sure we're supposed to think this is empowerment, but I'm not sure this is what feminism is really about.
Cris Kennedy - Screenwize
Has substantial bite.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Kusama and Cody don't fully succeed in making Jennifer's Body as clever as intended, but...they unleash some potent ideas and subvert the genre
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Jennifer's Body's parts aren't working, so in its bid to become a clever cult movie, it ends up looking like it's trying too hard.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Just when we think we 'get' where Cody and Kusama are taking us, they thwart expectations and cinematic standards%u2026but not always in a good way.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Jennifer's Body is not funny, nor is it sexy (the girls keep their clothes on), nor is it scary (it's all just special effects).
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Jennifer's Body is full of ideas, but it doesn't have much in the way of tonal control.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Like a sloppy episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Some weakly constructed things are better left asleep in their coffins.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Diablo Cody and director Karyn Kusama seem less interested in cheap scares than in something more substantive: exploring the purgatorial existence of teens caught between being kids and adults.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
By the time we know what's wrong with Jennifer's body, we just don't care. Movie just sucks the life out of horror fans. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Attempting to instill wit into a witless horror flick, Diablo Cody shows that her faux-hip dialogue does not a feature make.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Devil's Kettle might as well have been called Crock Pot.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Jennifer is dead-eyed and impassive, but a good actress might yet have played her in a lively, knowing way. Fox's dead-eyed impassiveness seems all too much her own.
Edward Porter - Times [UK]
The film is not without merit and has more corpses and red corpuscles than the anaemic Twilight series of vampire flicks.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
There's not a moment in Jennifer's Body that's intentionally scary, and the characters never reach beyond the level of stereotype.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
An enjoyable teen horror with terrific performances and a nice line in jet-black humour thanks to Diablo Cody's excellent script.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Despite a few good ideas and flashes of genius in the script, the whole film is a total bore.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It isn't thrilling. Fox can't act. The backchat is more filthy than funny.
Dean Essner - Daily Mail [UK]
Funny, sexy, cool and destined to become a cult classic.
Rosamund Witcher - Heat Magazine
Occasionally aimless direction is saved by a witty script from Diablo Cody.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Likely to strike a chord with the turbulent teens Cody captures so well, this vividly lurid tale has cult movie written all over it and may well enjoy a healthy afterlife if it stiffs at the cinema.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
Writer Diablo Cody's willingness to resort to flogging the movie off the back of Fox's cleavage and highly-sexual public profile spoils what could have been an interesting and original addition to the slasher horror genre.
Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy
Although Jennifer's Body offers up both comedy and horror, each is doled out in only the meanest of amounts, with the film just scraping through to a lacklustre and unsatisfying finale.
JW Smith - Little White Lies
Not likely to wow die-hard gore fans or anyone looking for the originality and wit of Juno, but it won't break your heart like, well, Jar Jar Binks. It's just hot, bloody, dirty, disposable fun for a Saturday night.
Jane Crowther - Total Film
[Diablo Cody's] salty dialogue is the saving grace of Jennifer's Body, a gleeful, old-fashioned mix of gore and giggles that feels awfully pleased with itself.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Is it about female empowerment or is it a slasher story? Probably both, but it doesn't work as either.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
By tapping in to the same vein of 'hormonal horror' as the excellent 'Ginger Snaps', this offers a witty, subversive look at the darker side of teen friendship.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
After the quick-fire wit of Juno, this is disappointing.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The satirical spin on female sexuality and high-school hierarchies implied by its Carrie-meets-Heathers cinematic reference points are more confused than cutting, and there's also a fatal lack of genuine scares.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The premise - Mean Girls with demonic possession and a feminist subtext - is promising. But the film fails to deliver either laughs or scares in sufficient numbers.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Fox is fun as a demonic harpy, but sadly the meeting of Hollywood's two rock'n'roll queens is closer to safe studio product than slash-and-burn envelope-pusher.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
While George A Romero certainly won't be losing any sleep, failsafe ingredients - gore, guts and hotties making out with each other - make this a movie bound to appeal to teenagers everywhere.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Jennifer's Body has more to say about the dynamics of teenaged female friendship, sexual power games and the trials of adolescence than many a more self-consciously worthy film.
Catherine Bray - Film4
A snappy script and a lively approach to the genre make this a gleefully grisly teen horror movie thoroughly entertaining
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Occupying similar territory to Heathers (1988), Ginger Snaps (2000) and Teeth (2007), Karyn Kusama's film is sharp, witty and diabolically funny
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
It's more clever than funny ha-ha, and has a handful of seriously creepy moments ... the movie a smarty-pants horror buff cooks up while ticking off grade-Z slasher cliches.
Maitland McDonagh - Horror Hacker
Cody's blend of humor, horror, and satire is not entirely assured, though she scores more hits than misses as she explores both the victimizing and predatory nature of female sexuality
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
We've seen episodes of Supernatural that are scarier and funnier - plus Megan Fox has a "no nudity" clause in her contract!
James O'Ehley - fantastiqueZINE
Though Fox and Seyfried are convincing, the rest leaves little to be desired in the end with a clunky pace and distracting screenplay...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Tonally inconsistent, at least it errs on the side of ambition and cleverness; its box-office failure suggests that male genre fans don't want to be asked to identify with the victims instead of the menace.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Feeling awfully long for a short movie, two-dimensional characters and spotty editing fail to capitalize on a clever idea.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
See Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reviewing Jennifer's Body
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Your better smelling garbage teen horror pic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Check out Jennifer's Body.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
'Jennifer's Body' is a good idea that just doesn't stack up.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
What might have been a penetrating high school comedy - a new Heathers or Mean Girls - turns out to be nothing more than a cheap horror flick packed with lowbrow titillation.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
"Jennifer's Body" has issues.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A pathetically worthless horror piece from nearly top to bottom that fails in virtually every genre and subgenre it wanders into.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The sexual politics are not quite at the level of the indie horror film Teeth, but it's there.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka played more complex and affecting versions of these roles in Bandslam -- and neither was embarrassed with the name Needy.
Armond White - New York Press
Wondering what it would be like if Juno never got pregnant and two awkward high school kids fall in love, but then you combine that with a best friend demon who eats guys?
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
the various ingredients Diablo Cody tosses into the script blender mix into a lumpy mess, rather than the smooth concoction you might expect.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Never as frightening as it should be, and it's certainly never as hip and funny as it would like to be, but neither is it a disaster.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The integral problem with Jennifer's Body is that of tone. Or lack thereof.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Though it clearly admires %u2013 even borrows from %u2013 such solid girl-power smackdowns as Ginger Snaps and Heathers, Body fails to capture much of their bite.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
The picture has a tone - smart and slashingly sarcastic - that's all its own. It's actually kind of brilliant.
Kurt Loder - MTV
" ... a brisk, bloody mix of gory horror and high school comedy, Mean Girls of Darkness or Army of Heathers, to put it in pitch-speak."
James Rocchi - Redbox
Megan Fox's body is just fine; it is the Diablo Cody script that is the villain.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Punctuated by gory episodes, but lacking in suspense and surprise, "Jennifer's Body" works more as a teen sex endorsement ad for hormone-raging audiences to copy their on-screen peers.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Stays on the level of a smarter-than-average Saturday-night demon-fest. It's still better than most of what we horror fans are served, haters be damned.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Forget Jennifer's body. This is all about Megan's body.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Megan Fox needs to set her sights a little higher now that she has some clout in Hollywood.
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
Enjoy some quirk with your blood splatter. While certainly not the most innovative of horror comedy flicks, Jennifer's Body still has some pizazz, thanks to Diablo Cody's pen.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
The one perfect aspect of Jennifer's Body is its title: No one is going to like this movie for its brain.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
It's like one of those self-absorbed, self-important teens that don't understand they're not half as clever as they think.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
You have to give Cody and her cohorts credit for trying to pump some new blood into a stale genre, and there are moments of inspired cleverness...but they're not frequent or sustained enough.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Wickedly funny and a guilty pleasure that cleverly combines horror, satire and tongue-in-cheek humor without any dull moments.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Unfortunately, Jennifer's Body is neither laugh-out-loud funny nor cringe-inducingly frightening.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I wished a lot of things while watching this movie. I wished for it to be punchier, to move faster, to be funnier, to be scarier, to be bloodier.
Dave White - Movies.com
Dean Essner - National Post
The movie fails in ... fundamental ways. Cody and director Karyn Kusama do a poor job of defining Jennifer's character in the early going, so it's hard to measure how she changes/devolves.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's tailor-made for screenings at midnight and slumber parties.
N.V. Cooper - E! Online
The real saving grace of Jennifer's Body comes in the way its two principles play off against each other.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
If the supernaturally good-looking Fox hadn't been cast as the titular succubus, the film might be a bit less compelling than its present good-but-not-great incarnation.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Cody will stop a scene cold for the chance to shoehorn "move on dot org" into a sentence.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
When the demon-possessed Jennifer opens her mouth to feed, it's a horror. But when she's opens her mouth to speak -- it's worse. Much worse.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Surprisingly, more than a dumb teen exploitation film relying completely on Fox's fame and promises of risque behavior to sell tickets. Part campy, part scary horror film and part female empowerment call to arms.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Natasha Vargas-Cooper - E! Online
Jennifer's Body features a feisty script by "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody, but the film still falls for all the staid horror cliches.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's better than Juno, I think: more layered, more interesting.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Cody has a few nice points to make here about the frenemy dynamic of some girl-girl relationships: the drama, the connection, the power plays, and the excitement.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Sets thoughts swirling about three bitch-goddesses: the teenage variety (namely Megan Fox's Jennifer), "success" in the commercial cinema, and that fickle mistress called hype.
Peter Canavese - Palo Alto Weekly
Jennifer's Body is horror thrown back at us with it's tongue firmly in its cheek and its conventions open for all to see.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
...a hopelessly uneven endeavor that's good for a few laughs but little else...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Both Fox and Seyfried are hobbled somewhat by the heavy-handed direction of Karyn Kusama, a gifted filmmaker who seems unwilling to surrender to the exploitive trashiness of Cody's juicily derivative script.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
A good example of how someone [like writer Diablo Cody] with a fresh perspective and an original voice can make even a genre picture better.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This movie thrives on its intended level of Scream-style horror comedy, blazes through its running time and had me laughing throughout.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
While it is unmistakeably from the same witty and culturally aware mind as Juno, it falls short of the high bar that Cody set for herself with that excellent debut.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
Cody's script is delightfully disturbing with well-written dialogue and pretty decent scares.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The writing is amateurish, which is sad since it comes from an Oscar winner. The directing is self-defeating. And the lead actress is... well, is Megan Fox.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Jennifer's Body is pretty to look at, but there's nothing of substance there.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
What felt fresh and original two years ago, in Juno, has lost its luster now.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
[T]here's something a bit sour about the whole enterprise, a lack of fun that becomes more evident as the injuries and indignities piled upon poor Needy accumulate, and gradually crowd out the film's early tongue-in-cheekiness.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
I don't think it's trying to subvert that kind of movie, which is what people seem to have been hoping for. It's trying to BE that kind of movie.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Jennifer's Body is a tragic desecration of mammoth talent that'll serve as an arresting step back in the buoyant career of Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Plus it needed a sexpot who could act, too, and Megan Fox can't.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
Cody's sophomore effort shows no real feel for teen comedy or teen horror; somebody undid her doodle.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
about as formidable and entertaining as a case of blue balls.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
It just kind of works -- there's something delightful about watching a jailbait hottie cooing "You're just Jell-O 'cuz you're not invited" one moment and slurping the entrails out of a pulverized jock's thoracic cavity the next.
Shaula Clark - Boston Phoenix
Fanboys get to drool over haughty, come-hither Megan Fox, playing the oversexed and undead title character. And fangirls get a feminist version of a genre that typically is made in the image of a male fantasy.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It tries to be equal parts snark and snarl - think Mean Girls meets Carrie. But it's unsuccessful at doing either of those things well.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Wants a lot but doesn't manage to achieve any of it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
I appreciate how [Megan Fox] uses her instrument to convey this character. She can be sexy, scary, evil or gross whenever she wants.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Absurd and audacious!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
A horror comedy that's neither very scary nor very funny.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Seyfried approaches her role with such honesty and vulnerability that she transforms the movie; you see, in her bottomless blue eyes, that she long ago accepted being the girl that nobody noticed.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
...had the potential to bring some real girl power to the horror genre [but] it's a major disappointment across the board.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jennifer's Body could strip away its violence and otherworldly elements and would still work as a supernaturally-tinged emblem of teenage life.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
You ought to have a movie that's both smart and sexy. But Jennifer's Body is neither. Most damning of all, it's not scary.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Overall Jennifer's Body is just a boring movie - punctuated by occasional humor and fewer scares.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Without real scares, only intermittent laughs, and a trite flashback structure that narrates the movie via Needy's perpetual voiceover, Jennifer's Body is hardly robust.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Last year, a ... horror flick called Teeth, about a ... girl who had incisors where she shouldn't, covered this territory with more creativity, complexity and humor. Jennifer's Body, for all its promise, could use some of that bite.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
There is a fine, almost invisible line between the satire and the B-movie, and unfortunately for Cody, her new film spends nearly two hours looking for it, without any success.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
A bag of goods that is so shabby that if it had been written by anyone else, it probably would have landed squarely in the direct-to-video trenches and even there, it would have suffered in comparison to its competitors.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Cody's labored quips fall flat coming from these actors and in this context, and her script is maddeningly short on suspense or excitement.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It's as if everyone in Jennifer's Body knows they're a character in Jennifer's Body: The New Movie From Badass Chick Screenwriter Diablo Cody...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
More funny than scary, 'Jennifer's Body' is a bodacious tease.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Cody still exercises her fastball now and again, aiming her one-liners toward the teen characters, who spit out the mallrat razzle-dazzle unconvincingly, as if reading the smeared verbal diarrhea off cue cards.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
What's all wrong here, is that this girl bonding and binging horror spree isn't funny enough, or sufficiently scary when it's supposed to be. Though Megan's teen fanboys should have their satisfied fill, especially those who crave babes with bite.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Not since Brian De Palma's Carrie has a horror movie so effectively exploited the genre as a metaphor for adolescent angst, female sexuality and the strange, sometimes corrosive bonds between girls who claim to be best friends.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Cody has a distinct authorial voice and specific, pop-culture interests - and absolutely no idea what to do with either quality.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Represents a cornucopia of ideas, both comedy and horror, and the determination of the filmmakers to simply play the odds of getting more elements right than wrong instead of pursuing a purer vision makes it a mixed viewing experience.
Ryan Stewart - Slant Magazine
Jennifer's Body is about as scary as Mean Girls, which makes a lot of sense since Diablo Cody's comedy about evil high school girls is really just a gory and potty-mouthed version of the Lindsay Lohan movie. Megan Fox is game for Cody-speak,
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Two problems: Cody's script is barely funny %u2013 and what humor there is gets crushed by the heavy-handed direction of Karyn Kusama and the marginal acting skills of Megan Fox.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Cody throws one too many losses at Needy; the screenwriter loses her satiric way about halfway through. But for a while, this has real fangs.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Not even Michael Bay can stop his ungrateful protege's meteoric rise.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Solid- but not great.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The haters can go choke on some Boston Market and MoveOn.org.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Gory rather than scary, mean-spirited rather than funny, Jennifer's Body is a nasty piece of work.
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Jennifer's Body plays it safe and familiar. Juno would not be pleased.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The brains are there, and even if Jennifer's Body turned out a little muddled and lifeless in parts, it's a good thing that it's out there at all.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Written by the gifted Diablo Cody, the movie is not terrible but disappointing, a calculated hybrid flick that goes out of its way to be cool, edgy, scary and funny to varying degrees of success, but ultimately is more barking than biting.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It is not nearly as funny or clever as Cody and Karyn Kusama evidently think it is and it telegraphs its intentions too bluntly to be scary.
Pam Grady - Boxoffice Magazine
The film itself isn't that great ... [but] underneath all of the stuff that doesn't quite work is a film about teenage girl best friends that is spectacular.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
Jennifer's Body substitutes hipster credibility for emotional currency, confuses pop-psychology insight with substantive social commentary, and measures terror on a scale that ranges from the word boo to a dead spider.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
Director Karyn Kusama and star Megan Fox seem uncertain if they're satirising the conventions of teen gore-fests or simply catering to their core audience's expectations.
Tim Grierson - Screen International