Better Off Dead
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Most animation aficionados of the 1990s know "Savage Steve Holland" as the cocreator (with Bill Kopp) of the all-stops-out TV cartoon series Eek! The Cat. But Holland had been exercising his own peculiar brand of deviltry on live characters long before Eek! came into being. In Holland's Better Off Dead, John Cusack plays a lovestruck teenager, hopelessly enamored with Amanda Wyss. When she dumps him in favor of a more popular high-schooler, the boy's entire day quickly goes to Hell. In the words of Hamlet, all occasions do inform against Cusack: he is bullied, tormented and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film doesn't seem to have much of a focus. But it doesn't seem to want one, either."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"perhaps the greatest movie of all time"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Forget Citizen Kane. As a matter of history, this seminal film is unquestionably the finest work of cinema ever made. Required viewing for all students and fans of the art form."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Better Off Dead's charm stems from its imagination and attitude."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"It's a sure bet you're gonna have fun."
‑ Oz,
"Full of...goofy ironies, and while it ain't Molière, it is a pretty great entry in the teen-comedy genre. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Hilarious and brilliantly deadpan."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"strives to be offbeat and sometimes works itself into a sweat doing so. The humor often hits the bullseye, however..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"John Cusack launched his career as a lovable loser at love with this teen comedy about a guy who gets dumped when his girlfriend decides to trade up."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Although the plot is sweet and simple, the laughs are what make this movie stand out."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"Unfortunately, only about half of the many jokes and gags in the film are actually funny."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I've rarely met anyone who didn't secretly love it passionately."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Classic '80s Cusack vehicle."
‑ Fred Topel,
"John Cusack can even turn a no-brainer into worthwhile entertainment"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A unique, kooky gem."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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