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on August 2, 2016
Yes, it arrived on time, no hassles. We loved the original series, at 2 seasons it was too short, it felt like there was definitely more to mine from that storyline, so we were looking forward to the 'movie'. Maybe it was because our expectations were so high, but our verdict is that it would've been better if they hadn't bothered. It so dramatically diverted from the original story and feel, that it felt completely alien. Where the old series had depth, and bittersweet elements mixed in with the black humour, the one tone throughout the new episode was 'whatever'. The old had strong stories and great writers, the new didn't bother with any of that. All in out they cheaped-out on this instalment so yes, we feel cheated.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 4, 2011
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I loved the series. It was funny and serious and had great character interaction.
The movie brings some of the original cast and they are okay but the newcomers do not make it.

The character that gives out the assignments doesn't work at all. The writers tried to update the context and had him into all kinds of finance which did not work, but he also screwed up the assignments.
Some of the screw ups could have led to some screw ball comedy but the writing and acting was too flat and those scenes just ended up dead, sometimes not like like the characters

There was a kind of romantic sub plot with a dying person but that was also flat.

In short, a disappointment.
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on July 24, 2010
I nearly died watching this. From pain. DLM is one of my favourite series of all time, and every character did everything wrong, wrong, wrong. Everything I wanted to like about this movie I hated. The dialogue was awful, and like other reviewers said, they broke all the rules. All of them. =/ Anyways, good actors, minus the newly cast Daisy, who was absolutely terrible for the part. I would have liked the movie more if it had been more of a new movie versus a rehash of all the old jokes and idiosyncrasies of the series. Waste of money.
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on September 2, 2009
I really liked the Television series. It was offbeat and fun. Quirky and entertaining. This movie is NONE of those things. It is just plain terrible. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Big thumbs down on this one.
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on February 20, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and eagerly awaited the direct-to-DVD movie. Alas, after watching it with my family, we all felt disappointed. The movie lacks the humor and character development of the series; the situations are too predictable. A watch-once. That being said, it was good to see a few loose ends tied up.
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on May 29, 2009
I loved seasons 1 & 2, but this movie is terrible and a disgrace! I watched it last night and it is now in my garbage can! The script is mindless. The foul language was frequent and inappropriate. The actors must have been desperate for money to portray this pathetic script. Using a different actress to play Daisy was ridiculous.
Rent this movie or wait for it to appear in the 99 cent bin at Walmart which should be soon!
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on January 21, 2016
This review is by someone who has never seen the TV series, but enjoys a good indie style movie with an original idea. That is what I felt as I was watching in this movie.

Four grim reapers meet every morning for breakfast and get their daily soul assignment from their boss on a yellow sticky. One morning a new boss appears and goes high tech and gives out assignment via text messages. The four grim reapers live a duel life, one as a person and another as a reaper. The new boss allows the reapers to break rules. George, played by Ellen Muth (Denise Richards light) reveals herself to her sister when her sister's secret boyfriend dies, or nearly dies in a car crash. I enjoyed the unique story line, the dark comedy, and the personal aspect of the story. I am interested in watching the series.

Parental Guide: No nudity, one brief simulated sex scene, and the F-bomb gets dropped a few times.
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on March 27, 2009
Dead Like Me: The Movie stays true to the themes and heart of the original series. The majority of the major characters/actors return including George. Like the television series, this movie is a deftly created combination of wry dark humour and reflections on what it means to truly live-even if you're dead. George, while still struggling with an inherently self-destructive nature, has matured...a little. Poignantly, so has her little sister who has her own life-shaping events in this film.
There really is only one thing wrong with this film-it leaves the viewer desperate for more!!!!
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on January 9, 2013
Neither Mandy Patinkin nor Laura Harris return for the movie, to it's detriment. Patinkin's character Rube is not in it at all; Harris's character Daisy Adair is played for laughs by another actress who does not have Harris's panache at all. It wraps up a few loose ends from the series (which was cut short way too soon), and that's not a bad thing.
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on September 5, 2009
You need to see Dead Like Me. The TV show. You never, ever need to see this movie.
Rube is gone, Daisy might as well be, and Mason and Roxy's characters have completely lost their original personalities. It violates the rules of the show, and the small portion of the film that almost worked (George and Reggie's encounters) was marred by iffy dialog.
My instructions: Buy the complete collection, and, upon receiving it, destroy this film, and enjoy the original, enjoyable series.
When the "theme" played in the final moments of the film, I was shaking my head, disgusted that it was even used in this poor reproduction of what used to be truly great.
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