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Drag Me to Hell Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    83

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Raimi has made the most crazy, fun, and terrifying horror movie in years.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This film is cunningly crafted in every detail--direction, script, performances, comic timing, special effects--from thunderous start to delicious finish.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Drag Me to Hell is unlike any scary thriller in a while: frightening, frenzied and fun.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Raimi knows how to modulate his technique, as with the coolly controlled morality tale "A Simple Plan," but he's a firm believer in the power of an active, expressive camera, as well as the value of insinuation.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Raimi's still very much up to his old tricks, retaining that deliriously over-the-top brand of Grand Guignol horror that he had abandoned by the mid-'90s in pursuit of other genres.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

More scares than gore, but still too much for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie seen in theaters and not the unrated version available on DVD. Many of the scares, jumps, and jolts in this horror/action movie from Spider-Man director Sam Raimi are played for comic effect. Still, it's quite bloody, and along with the scary moments and gore, there's extensive discussion of curses, spells, ghosts, and spirits. Surprisingly, the film also has an ethical core, as the main character makes several tough decisions and tries to do the right thing despite implacable odds -- though she occasionally fails.

  • Families can talk about the choices Christine faces. What could her character have done differently? What would the cost of those decisions be?

  • Families can also discuss the tradition of horror films as cautionarytales; do the scares and startling moments make the message go downmore easily?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: For all of the movie's horror-film trappings and scares, the message about the consequences of your ethical choices is quite strong.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Lohman's character repeatedly struggles to do the right thing. The movie offers a stereotypical depiction of "Gypsies," but it's notmalicious and is in keeping with the movie's horror-film historicalcontext.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: High on scares, but they're peppered with some humor. Extensive fighting and scuffling, with a mix of graphic imagery and good-natured goofiness; blood, but in such outlandish amounts that the effect is ultimately more cartoony than grisly. An old woman grapples with the main character, who fights her off with fists, a stapler, and the laws of gravity; a staple is plunged into human flesh. A spectral vision is hit by a falling heavy object, to squishy, comedic effect; spectral forces hurl, batter, and buffet people around. A machete is used. Discussion and depiction of animal sacrifice.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Kissing; an unmarried couple wakes up in the same bed. Some wearing of damp, clingy clothing on the main character's part.

  • language false3

    Language: Extensive use of "hell," also occasional use of "damn," "ass," "pissed," "s--t," "screw," "bitch," "Christ's sake," "oh my God," "goddamn," "whore," and one barely articulated, under-the-breath use of "f--k."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some brands seen (Apple, Motorola) and mentioned (American Express).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink wine and speak of relatives who were alcoholics.

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