(2002)

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Metascore

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100
Film Threat
I loved this film; from the opening “Ben-Hur” nod to the hieroglyph subtitles, it's simultaneously hilarious and poignant, with great performances.
80
A zinger-filled crowd-pleaser that open-minded Elvis fans (but by no means all) will have fun with.
80
A one-of- a-kind horror movie: hilarious, a little scary and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.
75
Not a comedy of guffaws and goofy gags, but a wry, underplayed little piece with an undercurrent of loss and abandonment.
75
ReelViews
As a satire and an off-the-wall comedy, Bubba Ho-Tep hits the bullseye. As a horror movie, it's less successful. Maybe we're too busy laughing to be scared.
75
It's a credit to the actors, particularly the superb Campbell, that completely preposterous material can be made strangely touching.
63
New York Daily News
Much of the film is sub-sophomoric, but Campbell and Davis give hilarious deadpan performances.
50
Variety
Mismatched marriage of offbeat character study and unimaginative horror riffs. Most compelling element by far is Bruce Campbell's inspired performance as a nursing home patient who insists he is the real Elvis Presley.
50
Portland Oregonian
It's the sort of sophomoric exercise that will be appreciated chiefly by viewers already convinced they love it even before they've bought their tickets.
40
The New York Times
There is a grungy high spirit during the first third of this film, but then it dissipates like a mist from an aerosol can.

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