The New York Times gives it a positive review and calls it "A feast of flies, phlegm, fisticuffs and embalming fluid." The Guardian gives it a positive review but faults the "stereotypical depiction of gypsies". The Telegraph describes it as "undemanding fun."
Empire Online concludes, "Thrilling and often hilarious, its good to see one of Hollywoods most inventive directors fully reinvigorated." Moria says, "... did Drag Me to Hell not come with the pedigree of Sam Raimi’s name attached, there is precious little about it that would have made it anything other than another direct-to-dvd horror film, let alone a cinematic release."
Richard Roeper begins his review with this: "If you can sit through the repeated gross-out scenes in "Drag Me to Hell" without once closing your eyes, cringing or looking away, congratulations: You may have a career as a biohazard removal/crime scene cleanup worker." Roger Ebert gives it 3 stars. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 92%.