Gremlins Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 8, 2009
There's a mischievous playfulness about Gremlins, and that's its most endearing quality, but I found it grating on me early on and soon turning to mean-spiritedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 26, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Blake French
September 9, 2002
"It is probably a surefire hit with popcorn and a six-pack of beer on Saturday night."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 11, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Gremlins is far more interested in showing off its knowledge of movie lore and making random jokes than in providing consistent entertainment.
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2006
Yes, Dante gleefully trashes cliches and sentimental Capra-esque notions, but one should not forget this movie was given a "PG" rating and cynically aimed to draw an audience of small children who would no doubt be terrorized by this myth-shattering film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 6, 2012
Director Joe Dante tells a simple story with anarchic spirit, rabid humour and painstaking puppetry to delightfully messy effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A comic horror movie classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
December 6, 2012
Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 24, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, families, monsters, retail stores, movies, boogeymen. At the level of Pop Moviegoing, it's a sophisticated, witty B movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
December 7, 2012
Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Lot's of fun from start to stop, though Cate's creepy Santa story is a downer.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Crazy Joe Dante at his absolute best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 6, 2012
An enchanting yet savagely funny movie, Gremlins belongs alongside Ghostbusters as an enduring mainstream masterpiece from the summer of 1984. Just don't watch it after midnight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 6, 2012
The 1984 creature feature in which a Capra-esque idyll is besieged by ravening beasties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 12, 2006
Gleefully mischievous and full of dark, magical energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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