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Sorority Row

horror, thrillers


It's all fun and games until someone gets stabbed with a tire iron. When a pledge week prank goes terribly wrong and one of their own is killed, the popular, hard-partying sisters of Theta Pi vow never to speak of the tragedy again.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    22%
  • Audience Score
    32%
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PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Satirical shadings can't save sorority slasher schlock.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this college-set slasher bloodbath is full of gory deaths, mainly impalements. Sexual and erotic elements are graphic and lurid, beginning with a drugged-up "date rape" situation and continuing with casual references to sex as a tool for revenge, status, exploitation, and even commerce (trading sex for pills). Drinking is frequent (one victim is killed with a shattering liquor bottle), and college-level "education" is depicted as one alcohol, sex, and drug-saturated party after another. Profanity is the movie's least raw element, but you can still expect plenty of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror movies like this. What's the allure of watching young people die in such gory fashion? Many of the victims here are quite despicable -- does that make the material more "entertaining" than "splatter" movies in which relatively innocent people are terrorized?
  • Why do you think movies set in college focus almost exclusively on partying, having sex, being stalked, and plotting revenge? Why is that? Parents, ask your teens what they expect of college.
  • Some of the movie's grim humor concerns the callous attitudes and cruelties of the cliquish Theta Pi girls. Does the movie send an anti-sorority message? Is the Greek system really like this?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    22%
    reviews counted: 18
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  • Audience

    32%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's yet another '80s slasher remake, so you know the drill...er, the tire iron pimped out with blades.

- Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York, Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rotten: Over-the-top humor tries to mask the problems, that it's not scary and the ending comes complete with a double-reverse-tricked-itself-out-of-coherency reveal of the killer.

- Adam Lippe, Examiner.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Cast: Jamie Chung, Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge, Carrie Fisher, Briana Evigan, Matt O'Leary, Matt Lanter, Margo Harshman, Julian Morris, Leah Pipes Director: Stewart Hendler Summary: When a prank results in the accidental death of a Theta Pi sister, the sorority's members keep the crime under wraps. But as graduation rolls around, a masked killer begins stalking and slaying the girls responsible for the death. Someone is out for revenge, but who could know about their dirty little secret? My Thoughts: "Typical in all aspects, but I really liked the style of some of the killings and the cattiness of the girls. The smart-ass remarks from Cassidy and Jessica was entertaining. But the film failed to scare me or to even make me jump. The killings happened quite fast, and there just wasn't enough blood and gore for it to be a slasher. Big disappointment for me."

- LWOODS04, Sunday, October 24, 2010

2 stars

"Well, to the bitches of Theta Pi, I'm saying farewell." When a couple of members of a sorority pull a mean-spirited prank, one of them ends up dead. The others cover up the incident in order to not ruin their own bright futures. But a few months later they find out that someone knows about what they did, and they're angry about it. Angry enough to kill. Sorority Row is nothing more than another slasher flick where lots of hot chicks get picked off one by one. And it's not a particularly good one, either. Some of the kills are a little cool/creative, but the movie is only entertaining sporadically, and the final reveal of the killer and their motive is outright ridiculous. As are many of the decisions made by the characters. The movie is also far too long, and spends too much time in the inconsequential lives of characters that are kill fodder. If this is on tv and you have a desire to see a bunch of sorority cliches of varying bitchiness get killed, and you really have nothing better to do, it's not a complete waste of time. Just keep your expectations suitably low when it comes to scares, T&A, cleverness, and anything else that the best movies in the genre do so well.

- lewiskendell, Friday, October 1, 2010

3 stars

The murder scene was okay, the chasing of the victims by the suspects, then the cast was doing all right... But the mystery about who is the serial killer, it was distracting for me... I thought the killers didn't have a really big motive to kill them all... Overall movie was okay, but for me it could be better again... And I don't get it with what they want with the ending, I thought it was ridiculous...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, August 7, 2010