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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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    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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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    A throwback designed to satisfy those with an insatiable craving for a grindhouse cover version of John Carpenter's greatest hits.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Shallow, asinine and tedious.
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    Lee JuttonFilm Inquiry
    If you walk into a dive bar similar to the one featured in VFW, and this movie is on the screen, you'll probably look up from your beer more than a few times, but not enough for the movie to be truly memorable.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    VFW is a cracking thriller, its pulse-pounding theatrics making this an agreeably bruising good time I loved every single gosh darn blood-soaked second of.
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    Dennis SchwartzOzus' World Movie Reviews
    The gory retro exploitation film is just plain moronic.
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