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The Final Destination Review

Movies.com Critics

3.0

Dave White Profile

Death got lazy and called in sick. Read full review

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

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The new gimmick here is that all the flying body parts and absurd impalements come in 3D. And that's about as inspired as anything gets in this edition. Story and character get chucked to the sidelines as the arena has room for only death scenes.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Though this latest entry has an OK sense of humor, moves swiftly enough and sports an effective opening sequence of racetrack destruction that puts its Fusion 3-D technology to good use, it mostly comes off as a particularly flimsy excuse to string together a bunch of gory killings.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's no exaggeration to say that the actors have less personality than the pipes, nail guns, grinding gears, decaying beams, and slowly spreading oil spills that are fused, with a kind of empty-dread technical precision, into Rube Goldberg torture devices.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Horror franchise's leap to 3D is gorier than ever.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 3D horror movie is full of bloody, bleak, and violent deaths -- including dismemberment, disembowelment, explosions, impalements, brutal mutilations, crushing blows, and more. Although we rated earlier entries in the franchise differently, the nature of 3D makes the violence here so much more brutal and intense that we don’trecommend this movie for any kids. There's also a sex scene with nudity, plenty of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and some drinking and smoking.

  • Families can talk about the recent rise in 3D films. Is this a new way to return to the excitement of going to the theater in the age of fancy home theaters, or just a gimmick that's being exploited?
  • How does the 3D affect the impact of the movie's gory, grisly murder scenes and other violence?
  • What's your opinon of the nature of fate, chance, and bad luck? What,if anything, can be done to avoid the random chance of death that fillslife's every corner?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The way the film treats death as a relentless, bloody pursuer negates any more positive potential take-aways (i.e. quit planning, start living, and enjoy every day).

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The lead character makes a concerted effort to save his friends from death, even if it's futile; one character conveys real regret over past tragic mistakes.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant, brutal, bloody, and graphic violence, including (but not limited to) the following: People cut in two by shrapnel from an explosion, crushed by falling pieces of metal, graphically impaled on stakes, struck by vehicles, dragged behind a tow trick while set aflame, smashed into bloody gobbets by a flying tire, killed by having their guts sucked out of their body by a defective pool pump, struck in the eye by a high-velocity rock, penetrated with flying nails, a man struck by a flying heavy object that jams him through a fence until he's cut into diagonal shards of bloody flesh, and much, much more. And it's all shown in excruciating detail, with realistic, bloody special-effects makeup in 3D.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Kissing; suggestive talk about oral sex; a sex scene featuring topless male and female participants in 3D.

  • language false4

    Language: Plenty of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "prick," "dick," "p---y," "damn," "hell," "oh my God," "goddamn," and more. Also racial epithets, including the "N' word, "chocolate," and "redneck."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands visible on-screen include Pepsi products on multiple occasions, Nokia, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer and hard liquor and smoke cigarettes. A character is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and seems to be handling recovery well.

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