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Gremlins Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 27, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

December 8, 2009
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

June 26, 2004
Blake French
Filmcritic.com

"It is probably a surefire hit with popcorn and a six-pack of beer on Saturday night."

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 2/5

March 11, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Gremlins is far more interested in showing off its knowledge of movie lore and making random jokes than in providing consistent entertainment.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2005
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 27, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

December 4, 2006

Director Joe Dante tells a simple story with anarchic spirit, rabid humour and painstaking puppetry to delightfully messy effect.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2012
Randy White
Common Sense Media

A comic horror movie classic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
John Ferguson
Radio Times

Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2012
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Lot's of fun from start to stop, though Cate's creepy Santa story is a downer.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 11, 2004
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Crazy Joe Dante at his absolute best.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

The 1984 creature feature in which a Capra-esque idyll is besieged by ravening beasties.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2012
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Gleefully mischievous and full of dark, magical energy.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

January 12, 2006
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