The Darwin Awards
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When a San Francisco homicide detective with a keen eye for criminal profiling is fired for botching the arrest of a notorious serial killer, his subsequent effort to reinvent himself as an insurance claims case-investigator leads him to study a series of perplexing wrongful deaths in this comedy starring Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, Tim Blake Nelson, and Wilmer Valderrama. Michael Burrows (Fiennes) isn't your typical detective. Though Detective Burrows is a paranoid obsessive-compulsive who faints at the sight of blood, his remarkable insight into the criminal mindset has nevertheless… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The humor dissipates as we watch one weird death after another."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A delightful, winning tribute to those annual kudos given to people who died from sheer stupidity, thereby improving the gene pool."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Writer/ director Finn Taylor's problem is that he wrote a painfully weak script, mostly wasting both acting talent and funny stories in the process."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"While the film has some funky flaws, it's a terrific satire and is downright hilarious."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"Taylor and his friends seem to be having a great time but could have let the audience in on the joke."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"If writer/director Finn Taylor could have made up his mind about the movie he was making, it would have held together better."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"tries so very hard but just doesn't manage to be very funny"
‑ Christopher Null,
"It's not the diversion from source material that bothers me; it's the way in which the diversions are bland, listless, annoyingly familiar, and patently unengaging."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Sports too many formulaic weaknesses of mainstream laffers while straining for an indie cred that hitherto came naturally to writer-director Finn Taylor."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Just a voyeuristic excuse to watch people die in different ways."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Will probably deserve a Darwin Award itself after dying quietly at the box office and thus strengthening the art of filmmaking in general."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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