Zombie's characters are, to put it mildly, undeveloped.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Despite its nearly nonstop torrent of gore, The Devil's Rejects is not really a horror film. It's a compendium of tributes and references to horror films of the past.
Dana Stevens - New York Times
A little of this will go a long way, and besides, who wants to see someone torturing Three's Company's Priscilla Barnes in a roach motel?
Mike Clark - USA Today
The movie turns quickly into a somewhat clumsily handled chase structure, with no clear point or end.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
For the right audience, this movie is the butt-kicking, dirt-talking, blood-spurting equivalent of beautiful music.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Rob Zombie proves he's a filmmaker to be taken seriously -- or at least not to be considered a total joke -- but he still hasn't figured out how to fashion something more than the sum of his enthusiasms.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
By rubbing your nose in this hillbilly mayhem, Zombie all but dares you to acknowledge your liberal elitism.
Benjamin Strong - Village Voice
The movie features some of the ugliest people and most disgusting behavior this side of I Spit on Your Grave.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A kind of heedless zeal transforms its horrors. The movie is not merely disgusting, but has an attitude and a subversive sense of humor.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Offensively inhuman, uninspired and cruelly unoriginal.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
There is no anchor to this madness. The authorities are just as psychotic and sadistic as the villains. Everyone on TV is a polyester buffoon.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
It is grim, unrelenting and savage, and it is destined to become a genre classic. After seeing this one, you won't just lock your doors, you'll nail planks over your windows.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Irredeemable trash, plain and simple, gratuitously violent and sadistic and aimed at people who derive entertainment from watching other human beings suffer.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Pic is a brutal, punishing yet mordantly amusing work that far outpaces its predecessor in its grisly single-mindedness of vision.
Justin Chang - Variety
This is a perfect B-movie, full of wicked dread.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Hear this futile plea: Look in the mirror, Zombie. Show some class. Making people sick is no way to make a name for yourself. Even a fake name.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If one is hip to the references (and, proudly or not, I am), it's amazing to see how precisely the metal-punk- turned-moviemaker Zombie channels the gleefully nihilistic tone and even the low-budget bleached-out quality of his disreputable inspirations.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
If we're supposed to hang out with these creeps in order, eventually, to like them, well, we don't.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
The Devil's Rejects doesn't just deserve to be rejected, but to be buried in a hole so dank that no one will discover it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Gets the cult midnight movie vibe down cold.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Indefensible on a moral level, Rob Zombie's perversely watchable follow-up to his much-reviled cult hit House of 1000 Corpses is loaded with filmmaking energy.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Crass, vacuous exercise in grind-house stylistics.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Now that's more like it, Rob. See? See what happens when you get it right?
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The Devil's Mercy: Housing crisis horror with typical clueless ones who never think to dial the cops, cancel their lease, or even summon a doctor for the weirdly ailing hubby, but with enough shockers to make you not think about moving any time soon.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
It makes for one sicko spectacle.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A labor of love sheathed in the shabby clothes of hate.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Rob Zombie semble desormais posseder tous les attributs necessaires pour en devenir l'un des artisans les plus importants de sa generation
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Gut-bucket filmmaking at its most lurid-and most fascinating.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
Chelsea Bain - Boston Herald
Interessante ao propor uma inversao de papeis entre algozes e vitimas, exibe uma seguranca tal em sua narrativa que chega a surpreender que tenha sido dirigido pelo mesmo Zombie do pessimo filme original.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...it's best to quote Captain Spaulding himself. "You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature?" Then you're going to be satisfied by Rejects.
Johnny Butane - Dread Central
It's an exceptionally well-done sophomore effort from a man who made one of the worst movies I've ever seen. That's a pretty decent accomplishment.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
The look and feel of this film is a total nightmare, and some of the most effective American mood-making in years.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
As the body count rises, The Devil's Rejects tries hard to stay funny and nasty, but the effort shows...
Philippa Hawker - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
A damn fine '70s homage flick with a Western-horror touch that you won't find in many movies nowadays.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Disgustingly gruesome tale that people have been clambering for since the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Clint Morris - Moviehole
A sickening, socially-irresponsible glorification of depraved and sadistic behavior...The worst film of 2005.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
If you dig this sort of gross-out throwback to the horror movies of the '70s, by all means, accept "The Devil's Rejects."
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
In a disconcerting shift from campy horror to ultra-naturalistic violence, cinematic conventions gives way to depravity and cruelty of such intensity as to be beyond genre.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's an audacious piece of filmmaking, but after a while it grows exhausting to watch, particularly when it becomes clear that violence is going to lead to more violence without much story or conscience surfacing.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
One of the best, most chilling slasher films ever!
Michael Szymanski - Wordmag.com
Has its articulate moments but for the most part Rob Zombie's grisly, nasty 'Devils Rejects is mostly just grisly (and nasty).
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The family that slays together... stays together. If you like movies about redneck psycho serial killer families and don't mind a LOT of profanity, this is for you.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
one disorientingly demented trip through the terrain of 1970s outlaw grindhouse.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
The film ups the stakes on armchair support of underdogs vs. the system, asking, "NOW how much do you like them?"
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Not for the faint of stomach and definitely won't appeal to everyone but it's worth seeing if you like this sort of thing.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Lynyrd Skynyrds 'Freebird' will never be the same again.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Much of its aesthetic is recycled, but Zombie uses such grabby devices as slow motion, freeze frames, and burned-out grainy film stock with such flair and intensity that it rachets the whole endeavor up an extra notch.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
[A] catalogue of loving references to lowlife gore films of the past ... all-encompassing sarcasm and general screw-you attitude lift (or sink) the movie to another level.
Kurt Loder - MTV
It's like having excrement thrown in your face at a GG Allin concert.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Having had the misfortune of sitting through [House of 1000 Corpses], I can say that the second film is quite an improvement, though no kind of masterpiece.
Ryan Vu - PopMatters
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
While nailing the style and look, Zombie proves that the substance of The Devil's Rejects belongs in a film school course on 70's horror.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
We're supposed to feel bad for these people, as they didn't do anything so horrible, just tortured, killed and dismembered a few dozen innocent people., right?
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
If there's one consistent thematic lesson to be culled from "The Devil's Rejects" it's that we should embrace abhorrent and ruthless murderers as outlaw saints.lers.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's not a perfect picture, but the overall effect is incredibly satisfying.
Kim Morgan - Reel.com
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The movie's violence is used to explore the ties of family, both by blood and by bonds of personal history.
George Wu - culturevulture.net
The results are for seasoned -- even hardened -- horror-movie fans only; anyone else need not apply.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I have come close to walking out on four movies in my 18 years of reviewing. "The Devil's Rejects" is one of them.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Casts light on what it is about the way we are that make wickedness so damnably attractive.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A hardcore horror film that will appall as much as entertain, The Devil's Rejects is both impressive and repugnant.
Nev Pierce - BBC
The year's most viciously entertaining psycho-road- movie-revenge- 'n'-wreckage- romance.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A twisted cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Natural Born Killers, with some pseudo Bonnie and Clyde sentiments thrown in.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
It has to be the sickest, the most twisted, the most deranged movie so far this year. And I'm giving it thumbs up because it's very good at what it wants to be.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
If Tarantino's first film was an homage to '70s grindhouse horror films instead of Reservoir Dogs, he probably would have made this picture.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Rob Zombie has taken a form of filmmaking that was of questionable repute and elevated it by putting the pieces together better than most of the form's original practitioners.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Gore hounds will love it, this is the genre at the top of its game, but there's not much here for the rest of us.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The only conceivable way this toxic heap could benefit mankind is if every print were melted down and had its celluloid content rendered into guitar picks.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Despite the cliches and the profanity, there are some hilariously wicked moments.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Yes, The Devil's Rejects had me squirming in my seat and looking to darkened corners of the theater for respite from the on-screen violence, but so what?
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Smells of expired milk, impacts like a deer hitting your car, and tastes of moldy pizza. I don't think Rob Zombie would have it any other way.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
If The Sun allowed me to give a star rating of less than zero, this one would earn a minus-infinity. It is that stupid, that vile, that violent, that hateful, that disgusting, that dangerous.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Better than the first one, and twice as nasty, the Rejects should get the approval of horror fans -- or else!
Dean Essner - E! Online
In a league of classic films that are legendary for how disconcerting they are.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Much better than the cinematic cesspool of substandard 70s horror remakes we've been seeing lately.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
There's nothing worthwhile about a single moment of it, not even in a prurient, I-love-to-wallow-in-debauchery sort of way. It is simply rancid, unbathed, country-fried filth.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Zombie ... shouldn't be allowed to make any more horror movies until he learns the difference between what is horrifying and what is merely disgusting.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
That Wydell's efforts to get even are so hypocritical raises questions about vengeance as a pop-cultural theme, in that the pay-off is so meaningless.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
Thirty years ago this would have been dismissed as drive-in fare and, frankly, it's not much more than that today.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Replete with sordid visuals and bereft of redemptive values, The Devil's Rejects is a rebuke to what's become of genre filmmaking.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
... For those who can stomach the violence, it is destined to become a classic.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The first 15 minutes and last half hour are terrific, and the stunningly violent middle part is only a partial waste.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Rob Zombie is improving as a filmmaker. Maybe someday he'll outgrow his extended adolescence, too.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
...belongs to that perversely misogynistic subgenre of horror films that believes the only thing better than a nude woman is a dead nude woman.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Free from studio baggage and delays, Zombie has created the semi-sequel, The Devil's Rejects, and he's found a crackerjack vehicle for his particular brand of madness.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Revives the gangrenous spectacle of its grindhouse models but lacks the moral compass and originality that can transmute even representations of sadistic cruelty into art.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A Reject Indeed. Zombie horror film unwatchable.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Despite some giddy humor and a soundtrack of '70s Top-40 hits, this is 'entertainment' for sociopaths, occasionally effective but impossible to recommend with a clear conscience.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
Zombie looks beyond the horror genre for influence and creates a film that doesn't exactly shatter expectations but at least sidesteps them with some degree of verve.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
One of a handful of sequels that both improve on their sources and play perfectly as stand-alones.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The longer The Devil's Rejects drags on, the more obvious it becomes that Zombie has no ideas of his own and is simply riffing on what other people have done.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Certainly different from much of its modern cinematic brethren, if not necessarily a tasteful match for most audiences.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Zombie doesn't appear to have any other goals besides assaulting the viewer with gore and callousness.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Robert Cummings (OK, trick or treaters, sorry; it's ROB ZOMBIE) has officially become the Jerry Springer of the horror movie set.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
"The Devil's Rejects" will repel many but will thrill the fans and the daring. I think Rob Zombie has an instant horror classic on his hands.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Horror fans will find what they're looking for.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
It is possible to be repulsed by The Devil's Rejects while acknowledging it as an effective, high-quality piece of work.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
All told, it's fair to say The Devil's Rejects is one of the most disappointing films of the year thus far.
Kevin Biggers - FilmStew.com
I'm all for horror fans having their go at the genre and paying respect to the classics - but affection doesn't equal execution.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
One of the most unpleasant movies I've ever seen. I respect it for that... Makes Natural Born Killers look like Harry Potter.
Fred Topel - About.com
Lots of people are going to find it utterly abhorrent. Crazy drunken rednecks, however, will wear out their DVD copies.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
The Devil's Rejects is meanspirited, graphic, and bubbling over in ultra-realistic viscera, but it isn't without sociological merit.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Beyond the sheer creativity of Zombie's sick imagination, there's little pleasure to be found in a movie of this nature.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
While [the film] does contain a number of genuinely creepy moments...Zombie bogs things down with a plethora of broadly-played, overly wacky supporting characters.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
While, to be fair, there's no sense that Zombie finds creating carnage to be zippy fun, it's also true that he's made his victims more vapid than their antihero executioners.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
an exhilaratingly sick joke
Nick Schager - Filmcritic.com
"A bad film, but its badness has little to do with adjectives like sickening, repulsive, disgusting, etc."
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Horror-punk, outlaw entertainment, an exploitation pic with a '70s aesthetic and endless scenarios of white-trash unpleasantness....[not for] Merchant-Ivory fans.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Like some gritty 70s cinema artifact that fell through a timewarp, [it] rings with the unholy dread of early Tobe Hooper...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The salt-baked, smoke-cured dialogue makes up for a lot, especially as it's delivered by such canny veterans as Lewis, Haig and Forsythe, who's savoring his meaty caricature of a bent lawman.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
This follow-up unwisely pretends to seriousness.
Ian Grey - Orlando Weekly
One nasty, brilliantly constructed scene after another.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's the framework of an exploitation tribute Tarantino could love ... with a little polishing and a lot more backbone.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
I have a soft spot for movies that are this sick and twisted, and Rejects is the real thing
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Every theater showing this film should be contractually obligated to smell bad. It's a toxic little picture -- and also something of a masterpiece. See you in Hell.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
In the genre of low-budget hillbilly slasher movies, it's a masterpiece.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
A gloriously wicked psychobilly thriller that unfolds like a crystal meth soaked drive-in movie nightmare.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Can't be classified as a good movie, but if you have a taste for this sort of thing and a strong stomach to go along with it, this could be the dish for you.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Zombie has made a film not so much out of reverence for the images that shaped his youth but out of fear that he may never get to make another one ever again.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Fans of 70's exploitation horror get ready to get jazzed - "The Devil's Rejects" is the real deal - a gritty, nasty, stylish piece of work
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Appeals to our blood-lust but slapdash.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Dean Essner - Future Movies UK
A wild, grittily authentic, nihilistic jaw-dropper of a film!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
The kaleidoscopic fun-house atmosphere of Corpses is gone, replaced by a more gritty, less inventive approach.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The Devil's Rejects plays out like the kind of film everyone thought House was gonna be - a retrofied, nasty horror homage.
Rod Gudino - Rue Morgue Magazine
Captures the visual texture, spontaneity, and mania of 1970s shock cinema classics like Last House on the Left and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Jeremiah Kipp - Flipside Movie Emporium
This is a violent, body-strewn road movie. And unless you're a fan of this kind of camp viciousness, it's pretty unbearable.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall