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The ABCs of Death

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 2 hours 09 minutes (129 minutes)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, grisly images and language.

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Mythological, Suspense




2 out of 5

The ABCs of Death Review

What's Good:
If you like the genre, then most of the parts are good.
What's Bad:
Too much emphasis on bodily functions, some really sick portions.
For the audiences who love the genre, it's a feast!
Watch or Not:
It's high on violent, gruesome acts. Watch at your own risk!

Audience Ratings for The ABCs of Death

69 Ratings
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hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived, with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

Critics Reviews for The ABCs of Death

44 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 9 | Positive Review: 4 | Negative Review: 5 | Average Rating: 2.3/5

Most are exercises in sickening bad taste, with an emphasis on human bodily functions.
Critic Score: 1/4

March 8, 2013 Full Review
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

At its best when merging shocks with social commentary, this halting compilation improves significantly as it nears the end of the alphabet.
Critic Score: 3/5

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An enormously impressive and massively indulgent cornucopia of 26 short films from all over the world.

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Andrew O'Hehir

It's a feast for fans of the genre and a guaranteed ordeal for everyone else.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

There are just too many stories to fit into two hours - and even with fewer weak links, The ABCs of Death might have fallen short all the same.
Critic Score: 3.5/10

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ian Buckwalter

Some shorts are four-star material, others incomprehensible and disgusting. The sum total is a cinematic abecedary that barely gets a passing grade.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 7, 2013 Full Review
Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe

What's unexpected is how thoroughly The ABCs of Death's ample duds overshadow its treasures, and how uninspired it feels as a whole.

February 19, 2013 Full Review
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

The ABCs of Death is an appallingly bad concoction of disgusting shorts that run through the alphabet but really should've stopped at "A."

October 12, 2012 Full Review
Rob Nelson

Has no shortage of inventive, ironic and gruesome sketches, but the novelty of its successes just barely outweighs its stillborn stuff.

September 25, 2012 Full Review
William Goss

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