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Sorority Row Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

Slow-motion pillow fights must die. Read full review

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

  • 2.0
    24

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The tedious flick offers little more than a few scares, and plenty of boobs. And we're not just talking about the cast.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    An interminable mess of a film that juggles more characters and undeveloped subplots than it can handle and even manages to bungle the setup.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It lapses into that familiar category of movies that go in for lots of fancy obfuscation along the way only to make its story seem all the more simple, trite and contrived by the finish.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    There's little to distinguish this from the rest of the entries coming down the horror film assembly line, though the presence of Carrie Fisher as a shotgun-toting housemother who taunts the killer by shouting "Come to mama!" offers some camp value.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety

    An average slasher picture that meanders indecisively between gore and gags.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Satirical shadings can't save sorority slasher schlock.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this college-set slasher bloodbath is full of gory deaths, mainly impalements. Sexual and erotic elements are graphic and lurid, beginning with a drugged-up "date rape" situation and continuing with casual references to sex as a tool for revenge, status, exploitation, and even commerce (trading sex for pills). Drinking is frequent (one victim is killed with a shattering liquor bottle), and college-level "education" is depicted as one alcohol, sex, and drug-saturated party after another. Profanity is the movie's least raw element, but you can still expect plenty of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies like this. What's the allure of watching young people die in such gory fashion? Many of the victims here are quite despicable -- does that make the material more "entertaining" than "splatter" movies in which relatively innocent people are terrorized?

  • Why do you think movies set in college focus almost exclusively on partying, having sex, being stalked, and plotting revenge? Why is that? Parents, ask your teens what they expect of college.

  • Some of the movie's grim humor concerns the callous attitudes and cruelties of the cliquish Theta Pi girls. Does the movie send an anti-sorority message? Is the Greek system really like this?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The ideas of "sisterhood" and "solidarity" are twisted and corrupted by characters like Jessica. Still, the survivors persevere over the killer in the name of the same sisterhood. College, or at least the fraternity/sorority side of it, is portrayed as a nonstop orgy of drinking, parties, and sex.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: There's nobody worth emulating here, although the entourage includes some requisite "good" girls who reluctantly go along with the deadly coverup, not to mention all the decadence. The movie's few representatives of the adult world -- a U.S. Senator, a house mother, a therapist -- are depicted as ruthless, corrupt, and sinister.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Blood spurts in many stabbings and impalings, chiefly thanks to a customized tire-iron bristling with blades. Shotgun blasts, one character is run down by a car, another's face is hideously burning from within by an incendiary weapon. Heads are bashed and noses bloodied by blunt instruments. Talk of dismemberment.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Female nudity (bare breasts) in the shower, a stripper at a party, and revealing clothing throughout -- including one get-up that shows a bare bottom. Talk of "blow jobs." Much additional talk about sex, most of it sordid, including sexual favors for drugs, sex secretly taped for the Internet, homosexual sex (a character is described as an "ass man"), date rape (seemingly condoned), etc. But most sex acts that are initiated are never completed, including a character found tied to a bedpost after an aborted kinky act. A character who turns down easy heterosexual sex is spitefully accused of being homosexual.

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "hell," "whore," "dick," "laid," "hell," "ass," "damn," "douchebag," "a--hole," "oh my God," and, most of all, "bitches."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Heavy drinking, talk of pills. One character is known as "Chugs" specifically for her voluminous drug/alcohol intake. Suggestion that "roofies" (aka date-rape drugs) have been administered. Inquiries about campus drug dealing.

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