Drop Dead Fred
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Drop Dead Fred is an erratic stab at making madness sensible, a slapstick nightmare that goes too sane, that tries too hard to be both good and rotten."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"The movie is no comic masterpiece, but it is consistently amusing in a way that sometimes reminded me of a kiddie picture and at other times of a more sophisticated comedy."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"That any of it, however, should suddenly, melodramatically lead to Elizabeth learning to assert herself is, to say the least, unpersuasive."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"It's particularly irritating if you've seen the much better Harvey."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"Just a strident celebration of booger jokes."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's rare that a movie so cleverly conceived is so poorly executed."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"A charmless, irritating psychological fantasy that can`t decide whether to aim at kids or adults."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"[A] shrill, repulsive venture into kidsploitalion."
‑ , People Magazine
"The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child. What a laugh riot!"
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Drop Dead Fred is a movie for people who like the sound of fingernails on blackboards and the feel of a drill bearing into a bicuspid."
‑ Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune
"The film is in desperate need of flow. It plays like a collection of bits, skits that have been thrown together with little eye to continuity."
‑ Lou Cedrone, Baltimore Sun
"Drop Dead Fred is a therapeutic fable for people who believe that by becoming an adult, one inevitably loses the capacity to have fun. But the alternative it suggests is nothing short of horrifying."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slapstick '90s comedy is filled with crass humor."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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