VFW

critic Reviews

81% Fresh Tomatometer Score81%
  • VFW's solid cast, deft direction, and surprisingly weighty subtext add extra heft to a gory thriller that should hold buckets of sanguine appeal for grindhouse fans.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    VFW ultimately lacks the cinematic flair to be truly memorable. But the film succeeds on its own terms of being a nostalgic throwback to the days when such B-movies routinely opened on double and triple bills in urban grindhouses.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    "VFW" is riotously scuzzy and warmly partial to its rusty heroes.
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    It's a regular intergenerational summit of a movie, bringing together a young director on the rise, a cast of veteran actors, and a recently relaunched magazine for an '80s exploitation throwback that's outrageous in all the right ways.
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    Zoe Rose SmithZobo With A Shotgun
    This is not a film with depth and personality, but more a homage to some of the most-loved and gory action movies ever made...
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    Garry McConnachieDaily Record (UK)
    Joe Begos has swiftly become one of the most reliable film-makers in horror.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    It's unfortunate that the combination of small spaces and low light makes some of the action sequences hard to follow, and the film could do with losing ten minutes to tighten up the pace overall, but there's still a lot to enjoy.
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    Kat HughesTHN
    Though not quite as magic as his previous film Bliss, Joe Begos once more proves that he's a force to reckoned with when it comes to mixing horror elements with punk rock aesthetics.
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    Anton BitelSciFiNow
    The paradox of VFW is that it is so lovingly crafted, and yet so utterly, gleefully nasty.
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    Andrew WyattThe Lens
    The film's undeniable lowbrow appeal unfortunately doesn't paper over its tiresome Boomers vs. Millennials conflict, or Begos' vaguely reactionary gushing over the former cohort.
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    Andy CrumpPaste Magazine
    For VFW, that proclivity grows overwhelming on both the script level and on screen, which leaves it up to Begos' cast to give his viewers something to grip.
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