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Friday the 13th Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100


    Lowbudget in the worst sense – with no apparent talent or intelligence to offset its technical inadequacies – Friday the 13th has nothing to exploit but its title.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Friday the 13th is neither tense nor frightening (although, to be fair, it is at times creepy and atmospheric, due in part to budgetary limitations that led to a low-key style).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's lots of morbid, graphic bloodshed in this film; usually slashed throats and impalings, with the victims hung on hooks. When young camp counselors aren't busy being killed, they're either trying to get stoned or having sex.

  • Families can talk about the victims of choice in typical slasher movies. Why does the marauder often prey on the most sexually active characters first? Families might make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, so to speak, by talking about this theme -- that teenage sex deserves harsh punishment. Maybe not death, but if you need to drive home the point, why not add some slasher examples for effect? On a more serious side, critics often see such horror movies as the extremes of depravity and exploitation. But isn't that a paradox when they also follow such a harsh, Puritan morality code?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Even in their rudimentary characters, the sex- and prank- and drug-oriented victims rarely come across as likeable before they're killed. In what is typical for the genre, the nicest and most demure one gets to be the sole survivor.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Throat-slashing, impalings a specialty for the mad slasher. One vicious fight to the death between two women ends in a beheading. A live snake is chopped in half -- and it doesn't appear to be fake.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Young people have sex regularly (usually a precedent to murder). Some female nudity, but mostly bikinis, bras, and panties. The characters play "strip Monopoly."

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The young victims frequently smoke (or talk about smoking) marijuana.