Evil Dead : Critic Reviews

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83
Entertainment Weekly
The new Evil Dead's delirious gross-out scenes spoke to me, and they go further than any mainstream picture I can think of.
83
Scott Tobias The A.V. Club
While Raimi’s Stooges aesthetic — which was really more prominently displayed in the sequels than in 1981’s The Evil Dead — isn’t played up here, there’s enough outrageous unreality to make the brutality go down a little easier. It isn’t quite a cartoon, but it’s close enough.
75
William Goss Film.com
The downright gnarliest mainstream horror release in recent memory, Evil Dead is certainly a considerable and occasionally commendable dose of the ol’ ultra-violence, but Fede Alvarez’ Raimi-sanctioned update of 1981’s cult favorite only really has that demented determination going for it.
70
Joe Leydon Variety
Boasts way better production values than the penny-pinching 1981 original and conceivably could delight genre fans who have never seen the first version or its previous remakes/sequels. But it’s bound to play best with those who catch Alvarez’s many wink-wink allusions to Raimi’s picture.
70
John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter
A gore-for-broke affair that strips the flesh off Sam Raimi's cult-beloved comic-horror franchise and exposes the demons at its core.
67
Eric Kohn Indiewire
An ode to the strength of onscreen horror even in its less inspired state, the new Evil Dead primarily succeeds at illustrating how the originals have managed to stand the test of time.
63
Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Is this Evil Dead (no “The”) any good? Yes and no. It several genuinely hair-raising moments and presents, for your edification and enjoyment, some of the most graphic horror violence ever presented on the screen.
60
Keith Uhlich Time Out New York
What really matters is seeing these pretty people get put through the gory wringer, and once the unholy spirit comes calling, Evil Dead more than delivers.
42
Cory Everett The Playlist
Featuring truly shocking levels of violence but none of the wit or fun of the original, the new Evil Dead is mostly a dud.

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