Berg is so in love with his escalating shock tactics that they quickly cease to shock.
...hollow, simple-minded and about as profound an experience as stepping in a pile of road kill.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
Peter Berg's Very Bad Things isn't a bad movie, just a reprehensible one.
-Roger EbertFull Review
...Berg's listless direction brings the film so little point of view that it doesn't much matter who lives or dies.
-Janet MaslinFull Review
The gross-out humor lacks edge, the guilt never kicks in, and the outrages are predictable. It's one flat brewski.
-J. HobermanFull Review
It's entertaining to a degree, but lacks all of the elements necessary to form a truly compelling motion picture.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
...uneven but frequently funny...
-Susan StarkFull Review
Berg ... brings wit, energy and a twisted kind of joy to a story that's little more than a tasteless anecdote.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
It's extremely lousy material, but these guys make the most of it.
-Paul TataraFull Review
A scabrous black comedy like no other I've ever seen...
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
Disappointing film, directed by a good actor, Peter Berg, who thinks his tale is clever and witty
-Emanuel LevyFull Review
Very Bad Things is a horrible hoot. It is one of those movies that put you through the wringer. It doesn't tickle the funny bone -- it pulverizes it. You don't know whether to laugh, gasp, or walk out.
-Tony MacklinFull Review
Very Bad Things is a deliciously nasty morality tale that simply warns viewers that what goes around comes around.
-Beth AccomandoFull Review
...one of the more effective black comedies to come around in quite some time.
-David NusairFull Review
A Swiftian satire on white yuppies -- it's American Psycho with five psychos.
-Rob GonsalvesFull Review
A vicious, disturbing black comedy that delivers a wickedly entertaining ride if you don't take it too seriously.
His [Berg] one serious mistake is to confuse gore with terror.
-Margaret A. McGurkFull Review
...the film wages a war against one's moral senses in a story that's unforgettable.
-Dwayne E. LeslieFull Review
The trouble is that Berg doesn't seem sure how to draw matters to a close.
-Xan BrooksFull Review
There are some hysterically funny bits, but the excessive violence sometimes kills the laughter.
-Stephen FarberFull Review
a blood-soaked parody of the American dream
-James KendrickFull Review
There is a line between gallows humor and tastelessness, but Very Bad Things apparently doesn't have a clue where that might be.
-Marc SavlovFull Review