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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Winning the battle against boring horror. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    An endearingly cheeky tribute to suspense and slasher classics.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Students of the Little Movie Glossary may find it funny how carefully Tucker and Dale works its way through upended cliches. I though it had done a pretty complete job already, including the two or three chainsaws and the wood chipper, but I was much gratified at the end when a sawmill turned up.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Clever horror-comedy has decent message underneath gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror comedy takes one of the genre's most typical cliches and turns it upside down: In this movie, the hillbillies are the good guys, and the college kids who go camping to drink and have sex are the bad guys. Despite this "don't judge a book by its cover" theme, the movie still has tons of gore, blood, and violence, as several teens are (accidentally) killed in gruesome ways. Language is strong, and includes "f--k" and "s--t." Teens are definitely thinking about sex, and there's some sexual innuendo and partial nudity (underwear shots).

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it realistic, or cartoonish? How does that affect its impact? Why does some movie violence make audiences laugh?
  • Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Does this movie make you think about that, or is it too humorous to be taken seriously?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Despite all of the blood and carnage, the movie's main theme is "never judge a book by its cover," as it turns the old "evil hillbilly" horror movie cliche on its ear. A city girl learns to look past a man's rough exterior and see the kind, decent person he is inside. Characters also attempt to work together to solve problems and resolve conflict.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Dale shows intelligence, kindness, and courage throughout the story, even when his best friend picks on him and talks down to him.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Lots of horror movie violence, including bashed-in and bloody heads, saw blades to the face, a machete to the throat, a teen stabbed by a branch, a teen chewed up in a wood-chipper, a shovel to the face, nails through the head, gunshot to the face, severed fingers, an explosion, and gallons of blood and gore.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A teen girl strips down to her underwear to swim. Teens kiss and are definitely thinking about sex. Lots of sexual humor and innuendo.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "a--hole," "hell," "goddamn," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), "crap," and "dickwad," plus the middle finger gesture.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: One mention of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens drink beer and smoke pot while on their "vacation," though this isn't depicted as regular behavior. They also drink while driving. The hillbillies also drink beer, though all drinking stops when the violence starts.

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