Eight Legged Freaks Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: C-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 23, 2002
Despite nifty F/X, first-time director Ellory Elkayem's staging is altogether devoid of variation.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 23, 2002
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 22, 2002
[I]ts marginally amusing, but I'm giving it thumbs down.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2002
This is a poster movie, a mediocre tribute to films like Them!
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2002
It's the filmmakers' post-camp comprehension of what made old-time B movies good-bad that makes Eight Legged Freaks a perfectly entertaining summer diversion.
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Reilly Capps
Boston Globe
July 19, 2002
As green-guts monster movies go, it's a beaut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Arizona Republic
July 19, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 19, 2002
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2002
However many screaming teenagers it produces at the multiplexes, Eight Legged Freaks isn't good or funny enough to reinvigorate the style. It can't even maintain its own initial zing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2002
Like many of the worst pop-referential parodies of the post-Scream era, this one stalls on laughs once the big joke has been established.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 17, 2002
Classic '50s monster stuff.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 17, 2002
Originality ain't on the menu, but there's never a dull moment in the giant spider invasion comic chiller.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 17, 2002
Neither as scary-funny as Tremors nor demented-funny as Starship Troopers, the movie isn't tough to take as long as you've paid a matinee price.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 17, 2002
Yesterday's junk sporting today's polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 17, 2002
Not scary enough to work as a straight-up horror flick and nowhere near funny enough to be a passable spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 17, 2002
Eight Legged Freaks limps along, spinning not a silken web but an extremely derivative, tattered one not likely to snare anybody's interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
July 17, 2002
Good for a quick adrenaline surge -- until the next horror fix comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
July 17, 2002
Because Eight Legged Freaks is partly an homage to Them, Tarantula and other low- budget B-movie thrillers of the 1950s and '60s, the movie is a silly (but not sophomoric) romp through horror and hellish conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 17, 2002
A hyphen isn't the only thing missing from Eight Legged Freaks. Wit and imagination have joined that AWOL punctuation mark, perhaps in the same place where socks go when they vanish from your dryer.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 2002
The movie's combination of unabashedly fun carnage, cool special effects, and tongue-in-cheek dialogue keeps the ball rolling.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 17, 2002
A homage to a genre of film made by people who are working from visual memories of horror cheapies like Them. They nailed the visual tribute. They just left out the cautionary morality, the sense of justice and the heart.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 17, 2002
Eight-Legged Freaks runs out of gas scarily fast -- its one-joke premise lends itself more to a short than a feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
July 17, 2002
[A] real pleasure in its laid-back way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 17, 2002
Freaks is yet another case of plot and characters playing second fiddles to an orchestra of visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 17, 2002
Eight Legged Freaks falls flat as a spoof.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Denver Post
July 17, 2002
The '50s camp classics may have used models with strings leading them toward their prey, but Eight Legged Freaks forgoes the suspense and goes straight for the killjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 17, 2002
Think of it as The Rocky Horror Picture Show with giant spiders instead of cross-dressing aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 17, 2002
Eight Legged Freaks is clever and funny, is amused by its special effects, and leaves you feeling like you've seen a movie instead of an endless trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 17, 2002
If all of Eight Legged Freaks was as entertaining as the final hour, I would have no problem giving it an unqualified recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
July 16, 2002
Too silly to be frightening, too stolid to be funny, it projects the same lazy affability as its nominal star, David Arquette.
Full Review | Original Score: 45/100
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2002
The trouble is, its filmmakers run out of clever ideas and visual gags about halfway through.