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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An ingenious and spoofy little shocker that with knowing affection pays tribute to irresistibly schlocky vintage exploitation pix."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[Popcorn] has several good ideas that, unfortunately, go unrealized."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"While it's not campy or spoofy enough to be worth its salt, this campy, spoofy horror movie shows some ingenuity and generates an occasional controllable chuckle."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"It's just sad that it's not an iconic or even memorable slasher title in the sub-genre."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Though it isn't even trying to scare you, this is a very nifty black-comic horror movie, one of the rare entries in the genre with some genuine wit and affection."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It is the recreation of these old horror movies that provide Popcorn with its few inspired moments... Unhappily, the real movie proceeds in the interim."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The plot becomes repetitive and tiresome, though the movies-within-the-movie (created by the filmmakers, rather than pulled from the film vaults) are funny."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An underrated little horror gem. If you think you've seen all the scary movies and need a fix, give this one a try."
‑ Larry Carroll, Countingdown.com
"[Popcorn] is the best spoof of its kind since Alligator. It's especially funny when it allows the audience to see sequences from the movies-within-the-movie, each of which recalls some piece of cherished junk out of the 1950's or 60's."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Popcorn seems to be a case of too many ideas; the basic story could probably have made a very effective short."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The festival structure gives director Mark Herrier a chance to parody the delirious contrivances of '50s black and white horror to some effect, but the mock scenes are never as funny as the real thing."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"On the whole, Popcorn is so amateurish in its development, with pseudo-hip dialogue that drops movie references every few lines, it winds up being neither scary nor funny."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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