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Final Destination 5 Review Critics


Dave White Profile

#1 EXTREME DEATH FUN-TIMES! Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Three cheers for Death Read full review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Even by today's horror standards, Destination has some ghastly scenes. After seeing them, parents may want to reconsider letting their daughters try gymnastics or laser eye surgery.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    To borrow from TV terminology, the series hasn't jumped the shark yet, but the strain of inventing bizarre deaths is beginning to show.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In Final Destination 5, Death makes the point yet again that it will not be cheated. And happily for those of us who enjoy the FD series' grotesquely clever premise beyond reason, unfortunate folks still refuse to pay attention, with inventively dire consequences.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

More elaborate, inevitable deaths in grisly, gory franchise.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the fifth entry in a gory horror franchise that made the intensity-upping move to 3D with the previous entry, The Final Destination. As always, the killer here is death itself, which stalks a group of teens and/or twentysomethings without remorse or recourse -- and with tons of blood and gore. Characters are brutally sliced, stabbed, burned, dropped from heights, crushed, and snapped in half. There's also a bit of kissing and sexual innuendo, some language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and some drinking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does the 3D affect the impact of the movie's gory, grisly murder scenes? Is any of it intended to be realistic?
  • Why would audiences want to see a movie like this? Is there something cathartic about facing death in this way?
  • Are humans really subject to fate, or do we have free will? How much control do we really have over our lives?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Death is an unknowable, unstoppable force; it determines that the time has come for eight twentysomething professionals and kills them off relentlessly. No amount of good, evil, bravery, or empathy will stop it.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The hero shows bravery and responsibility from time to time but also some selfishness. The rest of the characters don't fare as well.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: The movie is focused on gruesome death for entertainment's sake: The more shocking, the better. Characters are stabbed, sliced, and battered. They fall from great heights and splat on the ground. They snap in half. Flesh is burned. Skulls are impaled. One character is seared with a laser intended for eye surgery. All of this is presented in 3D, with sharp, deadly things protruding from the screen and into the audience. The end credits include a montage of the grisliest scenes from the first four films in the series.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Characters kiss, and there's some minor sexual innuendo. One female character dresses in revealing clothing; she takes off her top to reveal a skimpy, black bra.

  • language false4

    Language: Language isn't constant, but "f--k" is heard more than once. Other words include "s--t," "t-ts," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and "a--hole."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer and whisky to blow off steam after a tragedy. One character appears to drink too much, and it affects him negatively.