SHANA R. (LynniePennie) from CLAYTON, NY Reviewed on 4/9/2009...
When I saw this on Amazon, I promptly pre-ordered this & was so excited to get it. While I was a huge fan of the too soon cancelled series "Dead Like Me", this movie I thought fell flat. For starters losing May Patinkin who played Rube was a huge loss to the cast. Plus the multi-dimensional character Daisy who was originaly played by Laura Harris was replaced by Sarah Wynter in this movie. Sarah Wynter although a fine actress really didn't do the character justice in my opinion; her Daisy came off as just a shallow floozie wherereas, in the series she was deeper than it seemed. Also, the fabulous original director of the series was James Whitmore, Jr., he was replaced in this movie by Stephen Herek and you could definitely tell. In the original series the viewer was really touched and forced to think about life and death, the characters were all finding themselves even in death and growing regardless. In this movie it made a kind of silly mockery of them, like they hadn't grown at all. I was happy they made this movie and there are still some funny parts, but, as a fan of the original I was sadly disappointed in many ways the movie went.
The only characters who remained unchanged were George and of course the lovable Dolores Herbig.
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Anne K. Reviewed on 2/18/2009...
I was pleased with this movie. As a fan of the show I was hoping it wouldn't be too different. It was cool to see how the cast aged especially Reggie. She was such a beautiful little girl, and still is. Jasmine Guy was really funny in this as she gets more aggressive as Roxy. The story seemed a little rushed but came together in the end. It wasnt exactly closure, it left a possible spinoff ending without looking too obvious. I liked the comic book intro explaining the storyline for people who didnt watch the short lived series. I hope the movie does well on DVD and they do a new series.
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Mariah Martin | 02/02/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have to disagree with a lot of what people seem to be saying in their reviews. As a long time fan of the series, I actually found this to be fairly disappointing. I did not think the consistency of the characters was there throughout, and the storyline often seemed poorly tied together. Sometimes it seemed like they couldn't decide between making a movie for the fans and making a movie for the casual viewer who didn't know all the backstory.
Laura Harris is sorely missed. Couldn't they have waited until the timing worked out with her? Her replacement is trying very hard to measure up, but she doesn't quite cut it. I never felt like she had a full grasp on Daisy's character at all. Situations that Laura could have given meaning to came out stiff and one-dimensional.
Rube was also missed. At least they gave a valid reason for his absence.
As I said somewhere else: it's been too long and the magic is gone. Something was missing.
About the only character I felt was utterly perfect and herself 100% of the time was Dolores. And Murray. God bless you Murray Herbig."
Micah Cowan | Silicon Valley, California | 03/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As a die-hard fan of the series, I have to say that this movie is an insult.
Despite being written by two of the original series' regular writers, both the writing and the direction (new director) are truly painful. Daisy Adair is played by a different actress, Sarah Wynter, who doesn't hold a candle to Laura Harris, who played Daisy in the series. Rather than being a superficial, but talented and clever, materially-driven woman, Daisy is now nothing more than an air-headed wanna-be. Her character has been utterly destroyed. Meanwhile, the character Roxie apparently has no problem breezing past lines she never would have even come close to consider crossing previously. The plot stretches credulity past the breaking point, and is entirely unimaginative.
The one point of strong satisfaction from the movie is that Georgia finally reveals herself to her sister Reggie. While very satisfying, it also feels like committing a cardinal sin, and in any case it was an easy, low-hanging fruit for the writers to grab that certainly didn't involve any skill to come up with.
On the whole, the movie was extremely painful for me to watch. If it had been any other movie, I would have simply stopped watching after 20, 30 minutes tops; but I needed closure. But it was so bad, that my wife has said she's considering writing her own ending to the series, just so she could forget this one.
Don't buy this movie, unless you're such a die-hard fan that you actually don't care if it completely sucks (think Star Wars Episode I, only a bit worse). It simply isn't worth it."
Wow, Epically bad.
J. Sparks | California | 02/14/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If a show has been over for 3 years, and didn't have a proper ending, WHY WHY WHY would you make a movie that doesn't tie up loose ends?
Once the film ended the only words we could think was "WHY did that need to be made."
I absolutely love the show. One of my top ten.
Why this movie fails: -Loss of Rube. No characters seemed to even care that he was gone. -Loss of Daisy and replaced by someone doing a bad impression of her. -Dry boring script. -Emotionless dialogue being delivered by cast. - Different locations trying to be passed off as the originals. - Threw out old reaping rules and stomped all over what was set up. - 25 person cat funeral. - Different cinematography didn't match old aesthetic. - Wasn't made for fans, new comers wont enjoy.
Just bottom of the barrel production. I don't know why there are so many gleaming reviews. I think once more true fans see this wreck of a great show, the true ratings will come out.
Rewatch the series and pass on this."
Don't Bother, You'll Be Disappointed
MakeUpDiva411 | Las Vegas, NV | 02/18/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I came across info that a direct to DVD movie was coming out and most of the same people were going to be in it. I pre-ordered immediately, I couldn't wait!! My family loved this show so this was like a gift!
A gift that was horribly wrong and should never have been made. If this had been a pilot episode, I would never have watched it again. The writing was terrible, it lacked something great that the series had. Rube being gone and a different woman playing Daisy made it even more wrong. The woman playing Daisy in this couldn't have been more out of place, she wasn't pretty, her acting was terrible, she gave no life to Daisy and she seemed more than a bit crazy most of the time. The old Daisy was definitely a narcissist but she had an endearing sadness about her that made her vulnerable. This actress had nothing to make you even like the character. The new "group leader" was about a subtle as a slap in the face. **SPOILER** The sex scene with him and Daisy that George walked in on was way over the top, you know that Daisy would never do something like that with the boss.
George was still the same, great, as was Dolores Herbig. Mason, while still the same actor, seemed to just be going through the motions for the pay check. Same with Roxy. She would never have fallen for the spell of the new boss and broken the rules. That just wasn't her at all.
All in all, it was a waste of money. If they make any more of these I won't be buying them. I know the whole story line was to show what would happen if Reapers didn't follow the rules, all would become chaos and it was a good idea. Somewhere along the line, though, it all fell short. I guess the producers could take a que, the show ended on a good note, don't try and resurrect what's dead. You may not like the way it comes back. I couldn't have been more disappointed with this movie."